November 22, 1986|
Aylesbury, Saskatchewan, Canada
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)|
160th overall, 2005|
Matthew Watkins (born November 22, 1986) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who is currently under contract to KooKoo of the Finnish Liiga. He was selected by the Dallas Stars in the 5th round (160th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Watkins was born in Aylesbury, Saskatchewan, but grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Watkins left the Coyotes as a free agent to sign a one-year contract with the New York Islanders on July 1, 2012. He spent the duration of the 2012–13 season with the Islanders AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, posting 30 points in 68 games.
On July 8, 2013, he signed a one-year, two way contract as a free agent with the Washington Capitals. For the duration of his contract with the Capitals, Watkins was assigned to AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears posting 27 points in 73 games of the 2013–14 season.
On July 27, 2014, Watkins signed his first European contract in agreeing to a one-year deal with Austrian club, the Vienna Capitals of the EBEL. As an alternate captain in the 2014–15 season with the Capitals, Watkins contributed offensively with 12 goals and 32 points in 54 games.
On June 18, 2015, Watkin left after one season with the Capitals, to sign a one-year contract with newly promoted Finnish club, KooKoo of the Liiga.
|2005–06||U. of North Dakota||WCHA||46||5||4||9||45||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||U. of North Dakota||WCHA||38||6||11||17||31||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||U. of North Dakota||WCHA||43||8||10||18||34||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||U. of North Dakota||WCHA||41||7||7||14||40||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Las Vegas Wranglers||ECHL||14||4||7||11||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||51||12||10||22||17||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||64||15||20||35||45||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Bridgeport Sound Tigers||AHL||68||11||19||30||43||—||—||—||—||—|
- "Coyotes add Oystrick, Arsene, Watkins on one-year contracts". The Sports Network. Retrieved 7 July 2011.
- "Watkins agrees to terms with Isles". Bridgeport Sound Tigers. 2012-07-01. Retrieved 2012-07-01.
- "Caps sign Strachan, Leggio and Watkins to one-year deal". The Sports Network. 2013-07-08. Retrieved 2013-07-08.
- "Matt Watkins is the new Caps center" (in German). Vienna Capitals. 2014-07-27. Retrieved 2014-07-27.
- "Matt Watkins to strengthen KooKoo attack" (in Finnish). KooKoo. 2015-06-18. Retrieved 2015-06-18.
- Matt Watkins career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Matt Watkins career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
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