Spencer Watson has completed all the steps leading to the National Hockey League Entry Draft in Philadelphia.
The 18-year-old Watson is expected to be the third of a trio of Kingston Frontenacs who will be selected in the early rounds of the draft, June 27-28 at the Wells Fargo Center on Broad Street.
Teammates Sam Bennett, possibly the first overall selection, and defenceman Roland McKeown are projected first-round drafts.
Right-winger Watson may have to wait a little longer. He has been pegged to go in the top 50 in some mock drafts.
Watson, who has been working out four times a week and skating one day a week, is anxious for draft day to arrive.
“I really can’t wait. I’m more than excited. Every day it is getting closer and closer,” Watson said Thursday from his London home. “I couldn’t be more excited to see how it works out, to see what team it is.”
Watson, as he was when he was coming into the Ontario Hockey League, is considered one of the most pure goal scorers available in the draft.
He followed a 23-goal rookie season for the Frontenacs with 33 goals in his sophomore season.
At five-foot-nine and 170 pounds, Watson’s size is always brought up. He has been addressing that with a summer workout regime that will continue right to the Frontenacs training camp, followed by his NHL rookie camp.
Offensively, there is no question of Watson’s knack for scoring. His ability to find open ice and to often turn a Bennett set-up into a goal has been a trademark of his two seasons in Kingston.
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