Matt Watkins
Matt Watkins
Right Wing
NUMBER: 37
HEIGHT: 5' 10"
WEIGHT: 181
SHOOTS: Left
BIRTHDATE: 11/22/1986
AGE: 27
BIRTHPLACE: Aylesbury, SK, CAN
DRAFTED: DAL: 2005-160 overall
ISLANDERS TRANSACTIONS: Signed by the Islanders as a free agent on July 1, 2012.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by the Dallas Stars in the fifth round (160th overall) of the 2005 National Hockey League Draft. Signed by the Phoenix Coyotes to an Entry-Level Contract as a free agent on Sep. 30, 2009.

LAST SEASON: Scored a career-high 36 points (11g/25a) in 71 American Hockey League games with the Portland Pirates during his third professional season...Tied for fourth on Portland in points...Also appeared in one NHL game with the Phoenix Coyotes, making his NHL debut on Feb. 21 vs. Los Angeles.

CAREER:
2010-11:
Scored 35 points, including a career-best 15 goals in 64 games with the San Antonio Rampage during his second AHL season...Recorded his first hat trick on Dec. 29 vs. Oklahoma City.

2009-10: Began his professional career with the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL, scoring 11 points (4g/7a) in 14 games before being loaned to San Antonio of the AHL...Spent the rest of his rookie season with San Antonio, collecting 22 points (12g/10a) in 51 games.

COLLEGE: Completed a four-year collegiate career at the University of North Dakota of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association...Was eliminated in the Frozen Four in each of his first three seasons and fell in the Northeast Regional as a senior...Won the WCHA championship as a senior.