Spencer Watson Scouting Report: 2014 NHL Draft Prospect Profile – Kingston Frontenacs

Photo credit: Aaron Bell |OHL Images

Photo credit: Aaron Bell |OHL Images

By Todd Cordell (@ToddCordell)

Spencer Watson
Age – 18
Position – Right Wing
Height – 5′10″
Weight – 170
Draft Projection: Early-to-mid 2nd round
OHL Team: Kingston Frontenacs
2013-14 Regular Season Stats: 33 goals, 35 assists, 68 points, +31, 16PIMs, 65 games played
2013-14 Playoff Stats: 1 goals, 4 assists, 5 points, 7 games played
NHL Comparable(s) – Brendan Gallagher, Jeff Skinner, Carl Hagelin
Upside – 7.5/10

Strengths – Spencer Watson is one of the best natural goal scorers in this year’s draft class. He has an exceptional release and gets the puck off his stick in a hurry. His shot is both hard and accurate, which is a lethal combination. Watson is an excellent skater who reaches top speed in a hurry. He’s very creative with the puck in the offensive zone, and is an underrated puck distributor. Watson has very good hands and possesses the ability to beat defenders one-on-one with his deking ability if he doesn’t blow right by them with his speed. Though he has a small frame, he’s not afraid to go to the dirty areas, will crash the net and can find seams through traffic. He’s effective on the power play, but only five of his 33 goals were scored on the man advantage meaning he’s able to be effective at full strength. Though he’s undersized, he’s pretty relentless on the puck in the offensive zone and isn’t afraid of fighting with bigger opponents for possession.

Weaknesses – The most important thing for Watson to do is bulk up and add some muscle. He’s very light on his feet, and can be easily knocked off the puck at times. Defensively, he cheats out of the zone at times so he’ll need to pay better attention to detail and make sure he takes care of his assignments. He’ll also need to work on his consistency.

Career Projection – Watson projects to be a top-6 forward who can fill the net and help out on the man advantage.

2014 Draft Eligible Prospect Profiles:

Centers

Sam Bennett – Kingston Frontenacs

Jared McCann – Soo Greyhounds

Robby Fabbri – Guelph Storm

Michael Amadio – North Bay Battalion

Wingers

Michael Dal Colle – Oshawa Generals

Nick Ritchie – Peterborough Petes

Nikolay Goldobin – Sarnia Sting 

Brendan Perlini – Niagara IceDogs

Josh Ho-Sang – Windsor Spitfires 

Eric Cornel – Peterborough Petes 

Nicolas Aube-Kubel – Val d’Or Foreurs

Brett Pollock – Edmonton Oil Kings

Mads Eller – Edmonton Oil Kings

Defensemen

Aaron Ekblad – Barrie Colts

Anthony DeAngelo – Sarnia Sting

Roland McKeown – Kingston Frontenacs

Dysin Mayo – Edmonton Oil Kings

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