Rookie Spencer Watson traces his fast start to the power of two.
It might be too-too much to construct a story this way, but attention should be paid when a second-round pick — the second of the Kingston Frontenacs' second-rounders in April — is tied for second in points among players drafted into the Ontario Hockey League last spring. The Frontenacs nabbed Watson with the No. 24 overall pick after he received glowing notices as one of the best pure goal scorers in Ontario minor hockey while playing for the London Jr. Knights. Few expected that at the quarter-pole, he would be playing on a top line.
Like the Erie Otters' Connor McDavid, Watson represents his birth year on his jersey. In his case, wearing No. 96 symbolizes the birthdate for both he and his twin brother Matthew Watson, a defenceman also drafted by Kingston. The pair who were born two minutes apart 16 years ago are separated this season, but Spencer Watson is drawing on their bond regularly.
"It's a great way to develop everything," says Watson, who's slight at 5-foot-10 and 157 pounds but seems to have the goal scorer's gift for finding the sliver of space to get a shot away. "We both push each other so we get that competitive edge to push each other and make each other that much better ... You always want to one-up the other one."Read More »from Kingston Frontenacs’ Spencer Watson finds sibling rivalry pays off