Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Phil Watson
Phil Watson spent 13 seasons in the NHL, and with the exception of 44 games played with the Montreal Canadiens in 1943-44, was a career New York Ranger. He played in 546 regular-season games for the Blueshirts from 1935 to 1948.

Watson finished his career with 144 goals and contributed 265 assists for 409 points in 590 games. He was a member of that 1940 Rangers team that won the Stanley Cup. It would be another 54 years before the people of Manhattan got to see the Cup come back to them, thanks to the likes of Mark Messier, Brian Leetch, and Mike Richter in 1994. Watson also won a second Stanley Cup ring during his one season with the Montreal Canadiens.

In nine of his 13 NHL seasons, Watson managed to score at least ten goals in a season. His highest single-season total was 52 points, that coming in 1941-42 as a member of the Rangers. In 1943-44, as a member of the Montreal Canadiens, he scored 17 goals, bettering his previous high of 15, which he scored twice while with New York.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1932-33 Montreal St. Francis Xavier MCJHL 11 10 5 15 16 2 0 0 0 0
1933-34 Montreal St. Francis Xavier MCJHL 16 7 6 13 14
1934-35 Montreal Jr. Royals QJHL 19 7 7 14 24 7 1 2 3 4
1935-36 New York Rangers NHL 24 0 2 2 24
1935-36 Philadelphia Ramblers Can-Am 22 9 5 14 32
1936-37 New York Rangers NHL 48 11 17 28 22 9 0 2 2 9
1937-38 New York Rangers NHL 48 7 25 32 52 3 0 2 2 0
1938-39 New York Rangers NHL 48 15 22 37 42 7 1 1 2 7
1939-40 New York Rangers NHL 48 7 28 35 42 12 3 6 9 16
1940-41 New York Rangers NHL 40 11 25 36 49 3 0 2 2 9
1941-42 New York Rangers NHL 48 15 37 52 58 6 1 4 5 8
1942-43 New York Rangers NHL 46 14 28 42 44
1943-44 Montreal Canadiens NHL 44 17 32 49 61 9 3 5 8 16
1944-45 New York Rangers NHL 45 11 8 19 24
1945-46 New York Rangers NHL 49 12 14 26 43
1946-47 New York Rangers NHL 48 6 12 18 17
1947-48 New York Rangers NHL 54 18 15 33 54 5 2 3 5 2
1948-49 New York Rovers QSHL
NHL Totals 590 144 265 409 532 54 10 25 35 67


NHL Second All-Star Team (1942) Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers for $4,500, October 27, 1935. Loaned to Montreal by NY Rangers for the 1943-44 season for the loan of Charlie Sands, Fern Gauthier, Dutch Hiller, John Mahaffy and future considerations (Tony Demers, December, 1943), October 27, 1943.