“Patrick, coming from the Guelph Storm system of Mike Kelly and Scott Walker, understands very clearly the right way to play the game. He plays with speed and tenacity in pursuit of the puck at all times. Patrick is a positive possession player, when he’s on the ice his team either has the puck or is working with speed to get it back,” said Soo Greyhounds General Manager Kyle Dubas in a team release.
Watling, a Sault Ste. Marie resident, led the Chatham Maroons in scoring in 2010-2011 with 75 points in 49 games, and was named a First Team GOJHL All-Star that same season. In total, Watling played 102 playoff and regular season games in a Chatham Maroons sweater.
“Patrick is a very versatile player and can play left wing or centre anywhere in the lineup and have success. Though he is an overage player, he is a late birthdate (born after September 15) who is just entering his 3rd season in the Ontario Hockey League. We feel that Patrick’s ability to produce at even strength is a good indicator that he has some more offensive potential. Patrick is also a tremendous student who will fit in well with our academic program,” continued Dubas.
In 122 regular season OHL games, all as a member of the Guelph Storm, Patrick Watling has 18 goals and 30 assists.