Watkins was the 2003-04 Midget AAA offensive player of the year in his home province and also the top scorer. The sniper moved on to the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL and continued his strong offensive production with 74 points in 60 games. He also played in the 2004-05 BCHL All-Star game.
5th round (160th overall), 2005 by CBJ
2006-07: In his two seasons thus far at the University of North Dakota, Matt Watkins has become a key cog in the Fighting Sioux lineup, playing in virtually all situations. While he played at the center for much of the season, Watkins was moved to left wing during the latter stages of the season. He posted 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) in 38 games. He missed five games due to injury in late February/early March.
2007 Frozen Four Q&A with Watkins.
2007-08: Notched career highs in goals (8) and points (18) in 43 games playing left wing on the third line with Rylan Kaip and Chris VandeVelde. Helped the Fighting Sioux to the Frozen Four.
Talent AnalysisWatkins is a superb playmaking center that is blessed with excellent speed. His fiercely competitive nature combined with his quickness and speed makes him a difficult player for opposing players to defend against. One of Watkins’ best attributes is his on-ice awareness. He is a smart player and does an outstanding job of staying with plays. His sound defensive play makes him an excellent penalty killer as well. Watkins excels around the net and has shown a willingness to pay a price in front of the net to finish and/or make the play. He possesses a good shot with a very quick release. Watkins will need to continue to add size and strength to his 5’10 frame to be successful at the next level.