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Monday, July 25, 2011

July 25--Tim Watters

Tim (Muddy) Watters

Selected in sixth round, 124th overall  by Winnipeg Jets in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft.

There were only 6 rounds back then and 126 picks. It just goes to show you that late round picks can make it.

Though he played in 2 Olympics and well over 700 NHL games, Watters quietly had a nice career by playing a solid though unspectacular role from 1981 through 1995 with the Winnipeg Jets and Los Angeles Kings - two teams that didn't enjoy much success or fanfare.

Just 5'11 and 185 lbs, Watters learned to play an intelligent game in the National Hockey League. He learned to be in perfect position and angled shooters out of harm's way, as there was little chance he could out muscle many of the incoming attackers. He read the oncoming rushes very well, and thanklessly cut off passing lanes and blocked shots.

Physically he learned to tie up players sticks and was one of the few modern players to master the hip check. Watter's contributions to his team were usually of the unnoticeable and thankless variety.

1981-1995Winnipeg, Los Angeles741261511771,289
1982-1993Winnipeg, Los Angeles82156115

Received these black sharpie signed cards TTM.

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