Watson hopes to convince Predators he's NHL ready

First-round picks face high expectations, but in hockey it's rare that a player can step in immediately and perform at the sport's highest level. Austin Watson, who heard his name called in the first round of the 2010 draft, is hoping to make that stride now with the Predators. The 22-year-old forward is entering the final year of his contract. Watson has been a top scorer...
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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Predators and Lightning set rosters for tomorrow’s preseason game

The Predators and Lightning have both set their 25-man roster for tomorrow night’s opening preseason game for both teams. While Nashville cut six players from the roster on Sunday evening, the Predators are icing the following players tomorrow: FORWARDS Arvidsson, Beck, Cullen, Fiala, Forsberg, Gaustad, Jarnkrok, Neal, Ribeiro, Roy, Salomaki, Sissons, Smith, Watson, Wilson...
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September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Five storylines to watch for in Predators training camp

With the full roster and training camp schedule being released earlier, it’s time to dive in and take a look at the five most interesting storylines to watch for during Nashville’s training camp. 1) Youth Forward Logjam While Nashville easily has enough veteran talent to field a full NHL-ready roster,  the Predators have quite a few minor-leaguers that are ready for their...
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September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Why the Predators can wait on finding a top line center

As the bulk of what’s available in free agency continues to dwindle, Nashville has a couple of decisions to make. In their quest for someone to center their top line, the Predators have taken their time trying to make the best decision for their team. If Nashville ends up choosing not to find a center through free agency or the trade market, though, it may not be the worst of decisions...
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July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Nashville Predators select Kevin Fiala with the 11th overall selection

Deciding to keep their 11th overall pick instead of trading it out, the Predators chose a forward for the first time with their first round pick since choosing Austin Watson in the 2010 draft. Selecting Kevin Fiala from HV71 of Sweden, Nashville bolstered their winger depth with a fantastic selection. Hailing from Switzerland, the forward was all smiles as he spoke to the media throngs...
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June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Admirals Week in Review: Looking For More

Looking to come out of the four day AHL All Star break with a spark, the Admirals came out looking burnt out.  Hard to believe that this team started 6-0-2 and has been merely a .500 team since.  They now are in seventh place in the conference and have a five point lead on the ninth place San Antonio Rampage. This season, Milwaukee has owned the Iowa Wild, going 5-0 against...
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February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Admirals Week in Review: Five out of Six

The Milwaukee Admirals were one point away from a perfect three game stretch.  They beat the Iowa Wild, fell in a shootout loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins, and bounced the Hamilton Bulldogs.  They now have 54 points, two behind the Chicago Wolves for fifth place in the Western Conference. The Ads improved their overtime record to 2-6 as they beat the Wild on the road last...
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February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Draft Eligibles: Kingston’s Sam Bennett is making his mark

Kootenay’s Sam Reinhart is not the only Sam to head the 2014 NHL Draft class. Kingston Frontenacs center Sam Bennett has played his way onto a top five shortlist for the June draft. The Holland Landing, Ontario native currently sits sixth in the OHL in scoring with 24 goals, 37 assists for 61 points in 38 games played. He’s only two points behind Oshawa’s Michael Dal Colle...
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January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Admirals Week in Review: Beat Barons, but Griffins Grinning

The Admirals beat the Oklahoma City Barons for the second straight time, but lost both contests over the weekend to the Grand Rapids Griffins.  After starting the season 6-2-2-0, the Admirals now sit at 12-7-4-1 and sixth in the Western Conference. Magnus Hellberg had a solid night as he shut out the Barons, saving all 40 shots fired his way.  Austin Watson put the Admirals...
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December 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Admirals Week in Review: One Game, One Win.

Colton Sissons eighth goal of the season at 4:52 in the first period got the Admirals off to a great start en route to a 5-2 win over the Oklahoma City Barons last Friday night.  The Admirals sit in sixth place in the conference standings at 11-5-4-1 just one point behind the Rockford Icehogs.   The game saw the Admirals post a season high 44 shots on goal.  The Ads...
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December 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Week in Review: Admirals Get 3 Points, But 1 Win

Last Week the Milwaukee Admirals battled the Abbotsford Heat, the Grand Rapids Griffins, and the Chicago Wolves.  The Ads went 1-1-1 to make their overall record 9-4-3-1.  They currently sit in second place in the Western Conference Midwest Division behind the 13-4-1-1 Griffins.  It might shape up to be a two dog race in the division, with the third place Rockford Icehogs sitting...
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November 26, 2013  |  Discuss

PRESS RELEASE: Admirals beat Wolves in come-from-behind fashion

Milwaukee, WI–Austin Watson scored in the sixth round of the shoot-out and Mangus Hellberg made 29 saves and stopped five of six shooters as the Admirals took a 3-2 come-from-behind shoot-out win over the Chicago Wolves in Amtrak Rivalry action Friday night. Midway through the second period it looked anything like a possible shoot-out ending as the Wolves owned a 2-0 lead and...
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November 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Admirals Stay Hot

The Milwaukee Admirals are hot.  How hot?  They are the only team in the AHL without a regulation loss as they sit 6-0-2-0.  They hold the best winning percentage in the AHL with a .875 clip.  Including last season, the Admirals are 13-1-2-0 in their last 16 regular season games. Over their last three games, the Admirals have scored 12 goals while allowing six...
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November 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Admirals earn point in seventh straight

Milwaukee, WI–After coming from behind from behind to earn points in each of their past five games, the Admirals showed tonight that they could play with a lead, as they led for over 48 minutes in a 4-2 win over the Rockford IceHogs Friay night. The win extended the Admirals point streak to seven games (5-0-2) to start the season and leaves them as the only team in the AHL without...
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November 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Ads use OT to beat Texas Stars

Milwaukee, WI—For the second consecutive game the Admirals spotted the Texas Stars a 2-0 lead and for the second consecutive game the Ads overcame that deficit to a post a victory, pulling out a 3-2 overtime win on Wednesday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mark Van Guilder provided the heroics this time for Milwaukee, scoring the game-winner with 59.4 seconds left to...
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October 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Admirals Look Good through Five Games

The Milwaukee Admirals opened the 2013-2014 AHL season on the road against the Abbotsford Heat and the defending Calder Cup Champion Grand Rapids Griffins. The Ads had to travel north of the border to start the season to take on the Heat, the AHL franchise of the Calgary Flames.   The Ads would go to overtime in the Friday contest with Patrick Cehlin (1) and Taylor Beck (1) getting...
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October 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Simon Moser speaks out about new deal, his escape clause and the Olympics

On Sunday afternoon, the Nashville Predators signed forward Simon Moser to a one-year, two-way contract. On Monday, they made the news official and assigned him to their AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals. Moser was in camp on a tryout agreement yet survived four rounds of cuts. Notable names sent down before Moser include Taylor Beck and Austin Watson, both of whom spent time...
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October 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Six more to Milwaukee as Preds cut roster down once again

Four days ago, the Nashville Predators had 61 names on their training camp roster. Today, they have just 27. Six more players were assigned to the Milwaukee Admirals, Nashville’s AHL affiliate club, this morning which leaves the Preds with 16 forwards, eight defensemen and three goaltenders. The biggest surprise still on the roster is free agent forward Simon Moser. The 24-year...
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September 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Preds assign six players to Milwaukee; 27 players remain on roster

Monday morning, the Nashville Predators cut the roster down to twenty-seven players with the assignment of Patrick Cehlin, Joonas Jarvinen, Joonas Rask, Miikka Salomaki, Colton Sissons, and the most surprising, Austin Watson to Nashville's AHL affiliate -- Milwaukee Admirals. Watson is being sent to the Admirals a day after scoring a goal in the first home preseason game...
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September 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Preds Shutout Isles In First Preseason Win

The fireworks began early but things slowed down quickly as the Nashville Predators shutout the New York Islanders by a score of 2-0. Rich Clune dropped the gloves wiht Chris Bruton just 1:12 into the game. Matt Hendricks and Matt Carkner also dropped the mitts in the first period. The game settled down after than and the Preds led in shots 8-7 with the score deadlocked at...
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September 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Austin Watson makes a strong impression in Nashville’s first preseason win

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...
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September 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Rinne backstops Predators to 2-0 win over Isles

Pekka Rinne made 13 saves in his first preseason game to lead the Nashville Predators to a 2-0 victory over the New York Islanders on Sunday night. Rinne played two periods in his first game since left hip surgery in early May. Gabriel Bourque scored 3:07 into the second period and Austin Watson tallied 5:15 later for Nashville. Injuries limited Bourque to 34 games for the Predators...
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September 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Predators Prospect Watch: Who Will See Time in Nashville this Season?

The mornings are crispening.  The players are filing back into town.  I feel the urge to blog and tweet about something other than obscure metal and indie rock bands. All of these things portent of one simple, wonderful truth: hockey is just about back! While informal skate-arounds have been going on for the past week or so at Centennial, the Predators’ rookie camp officially...
Via The Predatorial
September 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Rookies get head start on training camp

Filip Forsberg, Seth Jones and Austin Watson headline a solid crop of prospects the Preds will be taking to Florida as rookie camp continues...
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September 06, 2013  |  Discuss

The 303:30 – Training Camp edition with Barry Trotz and Brent Peterson in-studio!

In this episode of The 303:30, presented Brewhouse South, we have Nashville Predators Head Coach Barry Trotz as well as Advisor of Hockey Operations and former Associate Coach Brent Peterson in-studio! We also check in with the voice of the Preds, Pete Weber, to get his take on the upcoming 2013-14 season. What will Nashville do with the overflow of forward they have on the roster...
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September 05, 2013  |  Discuss
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