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Watts returns to Wichita

Tuesday, July 5th
Watts returns to Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. – The Wichita Thunder, ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League's Edmonton Oilers and American Hockey League's Bakersfield Condors, announced that forward Brayden Watts has re-signed for the 2022-23 season. 

Watts, 23, begins his third season in Wichita. The Bakersfield, California native set new career-highs last year, netting 46 points (13g-33a) in 52 games. He also earned a call to his hometown team, playing four games for the Condors. 

During his rookie campaign, he tallied 30 points (10g-20a) in 62 games. Watts also recorded two helpers in four playoff games. 

Prior to turning pro, the 22-year-old played a five-year career in the Western Hockey League with Moose Jaw, Vancouver and Prince Albert. In 2019-20, he registered 61 points (29g-32a) in 61 games for Prince Albert. Overall, he collected 161 points (68g-93a) in 315 games during his junior career.

In 2018-19, he helped lead the Vancouver Giants to the WHL Championship Series, registering 38 points (12g-26a) in 57 regular-season games and adding 10 points (7g-3a) in 22 playoff games. 

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