Predators send Austin Watson to AHL on long-term injury loan
NHL reinstated forward last week for completing part of substance abuse program
The Nashville Predators have put forward Austin Watson on a long-term injury loan to their American Hockey League affiliate, a week after he earned reinstatement from the NHL.
The NHL announced last week that Watson of Ann Arbor, Mich., had been returned to available status as he entered the follow-up phase of the league's substance abuse and behavioural health program.
Watson also had served a suspension for the first 18 games of the season after pleading no contest to a domestic assault charge in July. His girlfriend, Jenn Guardino, issued a statement in October taking blame for the incident in the parking lot of a gas station.