- Created: 19 May 2006
The Eugene Generals tendered their first player of the 2006 off-season last Sunday at the Global Sports Scouting Showcase in Burnaby, BC. The Generals think they have found their first piece of the puzzle that will land them back into a position to compete for the NOR PAC Championship for the second straight season. With the expected departure of many of their top scoring threats to Junior A and collegiate hockey, the Generals tendered the 17 year old 6’2”, 175 lb. forward Marcus Watson who hails from San Jose, CA. “He’s young, has good size, and a nice hard shot,” Generals Head Coach Robert Freeland stated. “It’s rare to have a 17 year old who can be a legitimate scoring threat, but I think Marcus can take on that role this year.”
“I feel honored to be chosen by the Generals, and look forward to the coming year,” Watson stated. “I hope I can bring a lot to the team. I’ll be committed to contributing any way I can, whether it’s being a grinder on the fourth line or on the first line power play.” If Marcus’s last season with the U 16 Santa Clara Blackhawks is a prequel of his first season with the Generals then he will contribute, and in a big way. Last season Watson was the team captain of the Blackhawks where he scored 150 goals and added 152 assists. Marcus ended the season with an amazing + / - rating (the total number of times a player is on the ice for a goal for minus the number of times a player in on the ice for a goal against) of +251.
“I’m really excited about the coming season,” Watson said. “I know it’s going to be a long season so I’m training as hard as I can to prepare myself for that.” Watson will be training hard, and will be training with some very experienced players and coaches. “This summer I will be skating four days a week with Derek Eisler (former assistant coach of the San Jose Sharks) who is the current coach of the U 18 AAA San Jose Jr. Sharks,” Marcus exclaimed. “I’ll also be doing dryland training with the San Jose Sharks strength and conditioning coach, Mac Read.” Watson was also invited to skate with the San Jose Sharks players that remain in San Jose during the NHL off-season. To top the rigorous schedule, Marcus will also be working out with Tim Burke, head scout for the San Jose Sharks. With the preparation that Marcus is putting in for the Generals second season he should be able to contribute to the team right from the opening face-off. “Dedication is something that can’t be taught,” Coach Freeland stated. “It’s rare to see a player this young have so much of it. With his drive and talent we are looking forward to big things from Marcus.”
As a tender of the Eugene Generals, Watson is guaranteed a spot on the Generals Opening Night Roster. For more information on Marcus Watson and other Generals tenders please visit www.eugenegenerals.com.
For more information:
Chris Bilder, Public Relations/Marketing, Eugene Generals