Ottawa Senators forward Austin Watson is expected to be out for four to six weeks with a hand injury, coach DJ Smith announced on Wednesday.
Watson sustained the injury in the fading moments of the Senators 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames on Monday.
“This is a huge loss for us,” said Smith. “He gives you absolutely everything he can for 12 minutes. If you’re talking about a man who comes in to help your culture, I don’t know if (General Manager) Pierre (Dorion) could have brought in a more perfect man for this situation. He’s selfless, he’s showing you how to do it. “
The 29-year-old Watson was credited with an assist for Ryan Dzingel’s goal in the first half on Monday. He has scored 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 34 games this season.
Watson was acquired by the Nashville Predators in October in exchange for a fourth-round selection in the 2021 NHL Draft.
Watson has 87 points (39 goals, 48 assists) in 340 career games with the Predators and Senators. He was selected by the Predators with an 18th overall win in the 2010 NHL Draft.
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