Originally posted on The Predatorial  |  Last updated 9/22/13

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Austin Watson, drafted 18th by the Nashville Predators, poses for a portrait during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Austin Watson found himself impressing not only the fans, but the coaching staff as well. Passing through the first and second round of cuts during training camp, Watson had arguably his best performance of the preseason so far, scoring Nashville’s second goal and winning 62% of his face-offs in their 2-0 win against the New York Islanders this evening, the Predators first win of the preseason thus far. “It feels great. Unfortunately we didn’t get the wins we wanted to in Florida, but we knew going into this game that it was a big game for us to get back on track and to get back to playing Predator hockey,” said Watson. Less than five minutes after Gabriel Bourque roofed a shot over Islanders goaltender Anders Nilsson, Watson became the benefactor of a Craig Smith feed to make it 2-0 Nashville. It was the way Watson scored, though, that left most of the building in awe. Modest as Watson was, his through-the-pads, left-to-right-post goal was highlight material. “[Smith] did a great job driving
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