This will mark the fourth stint in Reading for Watters, who hails from Pickering, Ontario. Last year, he registered 21 points (7g-14a) and 99 penalty minutes in 68 regular-season games with the Royals. Watters, who will be entering his fifth season of pro hockey, ended the regular season with the second most penalty minutes on the team and led players on the end-of-season active roster with 157 shots on goal. Watters, who served as one of the Royals’ alternate captains last year, completed the season with four points (2g-2a) in 12 postseason games during Reading’s 2016 playoff run. His playoff goals included what proved to be the game winner in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the Toledo Walleye.
Watters joined the Royals in the 2013-14 season, which was unfortunately cut short for him when he sustained what proved to be a season-ending injury in his seventh game with the team. In 2014-15, Watters racked up 25 points (4g-21a) and 75 enalty minutes in 57 regular-season games with Reading. He also registered three assists in the seven playoff games played against the South Carolina Stingrays in the 2015 East Division Semifinals.
Prior to turning pro, Watters spent three full seasons with the Brampton Battalion in the Ontario Hockey League, scoring 45 goals and assisting on 52 others over a span of 159 games. In 2010-11, he was second on the Battalion with 20 goals in 68 games. In his final season of major junior, 2011-12, Watters, who served as an alternate captain for the Battalion, recorded 30 points (16g-14a) despite only playing in 34 games in a season that was disrupted by injury.