The offseason is known for a time with loads of action in the hockey world, with many trades and picks involved, but a report being made public on Wednesday morning is not the type of action you want to hear from the National Hockey League. At a time where players are signing contract extensions or getting moved in exciting deals, disturbing news like this one are quite hard to swallow and comprehend...
It has just been revealed in a breaking news report that Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson was arrested for domestic assault Saturday in Franklin.
Details from the Franklin police have explained that the 26-year-old was taken into custody near a Shell station on Murfreesboro Road around 7:20 p.m. Watson was charged with domestic assault and released on a $4,500 bond.
Watson, who was selected in the first round, 18th overall, by the Predators back in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, will be back in court, as he is due to appear there on June 28.
This is quite disturbing news as Watson, who still has two years left on his latest three-year contract he recently signed with the Predators. His role with the team appeared to change this past season when it seems that he became somewhat of an enforcer on the ice. On many occasions throughout the year, Watson was seen sticking up for teammates and dropping the gloves with almost any player who was looking for trouble or testing Watson's teammates.
Back in the 2010-11 season, right after he was drafted by the Preds, he put up 34 goals with the Peterborough Petes in the Ontario Hockey League. He is also a few seasons removed as the Milwaukee Admirals leading goal scorer, which made it all very surprising to see him step up on the ice in the role of enforcer.
Now. Let's be clear: I am not saying that enforcers are known to be involved in domestic assaults. I am simply saying that, being new to this role, Watson needs to learn that being an enforcer also works and is accepted on the ice - not nowhere else.
This is a developing story, and I am sure we will get more details on this disturbing news as the day goes on...