Maine recruit picked in draft

Posted June 28, 2010, at 12:10 a.m.

     Incoming University of Maine freshman goalie Martin Ouellete was selected in the seventh round of the NHL draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets over the weekend.

   The 6-foot-1, 160-pound Saint-Jerome, Quebec native had a 21-6-2 record, a 1.61 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage for Kimball Union Academy (N.H.).

   The 18-year-old Ouellette, who was the second goalie chosen by Columbus, will still report to Maine this season and battle incoming freshman Dan Sullivan and sophomore Shawn Sirman for the goaltending job.

   Meanwhile, Austin Watson, who verbally committed to attend Maine before changing his mind and choosing to play for the Windsor Spitfires in the (Major Junior) Ontario Hockey League, was chosen in the first round by the Nashville Predators.

  Watson was the 18th overall pick. The 6-3, 171-pound right winger from Ann Arbor, Mich., had a combined 20 goals and 34 assists in 52 games for Windsor and Peterborough in the OHL this past season.

  He had 10 & 19 in 63 games for Windsor two years ago.

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