Every team has areas they want to improve upon during the offseason, and the Sound Tigers were no different. With the departure of eight of their top 10 scorers from last season, the Sound Tigers needed to add some offense. A veteran presence was needed with eight rookies on the current roster. The Sound Tigers also hoped to bolster a penalty kill that finished 19th out of 30 teams in the AHL last year.
First year Sound Tiger Matt Watkins is entering his fourth pro season, and feels he’ll be able to contribute in each of those areas.
“I played all three forward positions last year, mostly center and left wing,” Watkins said. “I was a regular penalty killer and I bring a lot of speed to the game, which I think is my greatest asset. I can score goals and make plays too. I like to think I’m an all-around two-way forward who can play up and down the lineup.”