Petes’ Austin Watson Named CHL Player of the Week

By League Press Release

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that forward Austin Watson of the Peterborough Petes is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending March 7.  In three games Watson recorded nine points including five goals and four assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-4.

Watson tallied three straight multi-point games for the first time in his career beginning Thursday night with a goal and an assist despite a 6-4 loss to the Ottawa 67’s.  He then led the Petes to two straight victories and was twice awarded first star of the game honours.  He scored two power play goals and added an assist Saturday in a 5-1 win over the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors, and then netted two goals and two assists Sunday in a huge 6-2 win over division rivals the Oshawa Generals lifting the Petes into sole possession of sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings with 58 points and just three games remaining. 

Watson, an 18-year-old from Ann Arbor, Michigan, is playing in his second OHL season and is eligible for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.  Since joining the Petes from the Windsor Spitfires in January, Watson has 12 points in eight games and competed for Team Cherry at the 2010 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. 

Jonathan Lessard of the QMJHL’s Acadie-Bathurst Titan was also considered after scoring two goals and three assists for five points with a plus-minus rating of plus-6 in two games.  From the WHL, Canadian National Junior Team forward Brandon McMillan of the Kelowna Rockets scored two goals and five assists for seven points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-3.

2009-10 CHL Players of the Week
Mar. 1 – Mar. 7: Austin Watson, Peterborough Petes
Feb. 22 – Feb. 28: Michael Stickland, Swift Current Broncos
Feb. 15 – Feb. 21: Luke Adam, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
Feb. 8 – Feb. 14: Brandon Kozun, Calgary Hitmen
Feb. 1 – Feb. 7: Michael Bournival, Shawinigan Cataractes
Jan. 25 – Jan. 31: Mikhail Stefanovich, Quebec Remparts
Jan. 18 – Jan. 24: Tyler Seguin, Plymouth Whalers
Jan. 11 – Jan. 17: Taylor Beck, Guelph Storm
Jan. 4 – Jan. 10: Taylor Hall, Windsor Spitfires
Dec. 27 – Jan. 3: Tye McGinn, Gatineau Olympiques
Dec. 14 – Dec. 20: Brayden McNabb, Kootenay Ice
Dec. 7 – Dec. 13: Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, Quebec Remparts
Nov. 30 – Dec. 6: Johnny Lazo, Tri-City Americans
Nov. 23 – Nov. 29: Philippe Cornet, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
Nov. 16 – Nov. 22: Tyler Toffoli, Ottawa 67’s
Nov. 9 – Nov. 15: Matt Calvert, Brandon Wheat Kings
Nov. 2 – Nov. 8: Trevor Parkes, Montreal Juniors
Oct. 26 – Nov. 1: Tomas Kubalik, Victoriaville Tigres
Oct. 19 – 25: Taylor Hall, Windsor Spitfires
Oct. 12 – 18: Mark Isherwood, Medicine Hat Tigers
Oct. 5 – 11: Jason Bast, Moose Jaw Warriors
Sept. 28 – Oct. 4: Jordan Weal, Regina Pats
Sept. 21 – 27: Jonathan Hazen, Val-d’Or Foreurs
Sept. 14 – 20: Luke Pither, Barrie Colts