Sources say Peterborough Petes Austin Watson is on the move.
The trade, which is still pending OHL approval, would see Watson on his way to the London Knights.
In exchange for Watson, the Petes would get left-winger Chase Hatcher, a second-round pick in 2014, a second-round pick in 2016, as well as a conditional second-round pick in 2018, if Watson returns as an overeager next season.
Hatcher is the son of ex-NHL defenseman Derian Hatcher and a native of Haddonfield, NJ.
He has scored only one goal in nine games while playing with the knights.
The maroon and white would also send a fourth-round pick in 2016 to London.
Watson played with Knights captain Jarred Tinordi for the U.S at the world junior tournament in Alberta back in December where he scored three goals and got seven points in a 12-2 victory against Latvia.
Watson, a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, scored 34 goals last season for the maroon and white. This year he’s had 14 goals and 33 points in 32 games with the Petes.
The last time Watson was traded was when he was dealt from Windsor two years ago to Peterborough to allow the Spitfires to pick-up Zach Kassian for their 2010 Memorial Cup championship run.
The Peterborough Examiner reported last week that Watson was at home awaiting a trade decision and did not play in the games this past weekend.
Watson’s agent Murray Kuntz told the Examiner it was Austin’s decision to go home and wait for a trade.
The decision for Watson to go is a good one if he isn’t happy in the lift lock city, the Petes have had only 2 wins and two losses so far for January.
Watson will leave a huge gap in the Petes line up, but London will be better to be closer to home.
With this news of a trade and the fact that Matt Puempel is out indefinitely with a concussion, which he suffered from a hit to the head last Thursday by Kingston’s Alex Gudbranson, the Petes will have some challenges ahead of them.