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Matt Niskanen

27-Year-Old Defenseman – Washington Capitals

2014-15 NHL Stats

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2014-15 NHL Projections

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2014-15 Fantasy Hockey Outlook

The top defenseman on the free agent market, Niskanen capped off Washington’s offseason spending spree when he signed a seven-year, $40.25 million contract with the Caps in July. Niskanen performed admirably for the Penguins last season when the injury bug ravaged their blue...

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SHOOTS: Right   HT: 6' 0"   WT: 209   DOB: 12/6/1986   BORN: Virginia, Minnesota   DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #28 Overall in 2005   Show ContractHide Contract

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Signed a seven-year, $40.25 million contract with Washington in July 2014.

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Niskanen picked up his first points of the year Thursday against the Devils, notching a pair of assists.

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Matt Niskanen NHL Stats
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  Overall Power Play Defense
Season Age League Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SOG SH% GWG SHG TOI/G G A Pts TOI/G Hits BS
2007-08 20 78 7 19 26 22 36 99 7.1 0 0 2 0 2
2008-09 21 80 6 29 35 -11 52 111 5.4 0 0 19:58 2 8 10 2:34 87 64
2009-10 22 74 3 12 15 -15 18 110 2.7 2 0 18:16 0 5 5 2:56 113 70
2010-11 23 NHL DAL 45 0 6 6 -1 30 51 0.0 0 0 15:44 0 4 4 2:08 97 51
2010-11 23 NHL PIT 18 1 3 4 -2 20 26 3.8 0 0 18:31 0 1 1 1:33 25 15
2011-12 24 NHL PIT 75 4 17 21 9 47 118 3.4 0 0 17:56 3 5 8 2:23 105 69
2012-13 25 NHL PIT 40 4 10 14 4 12 67 6.0 2 0 20:21 0 2 2 2:27 49 47
2013-14 26 NHL PIT 81 10 36 46 33 51 162 6.2 6 0 21:18 3 12 15 3:33 124 76
2014-15 27 NHL WAS 6 0 2 2 2 2 7 0.0 0 0 23:49 0 1 1 1:42 10 6
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#2 Right Defenseman
  1. John Carlson
  2. Matt Niskanen
  3. Mike Green
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Time On Ice Stats

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Average Time On Ice in 2014-15

During an average game, Matt Niskanen was on the ice for 23:49.

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Average Power Play Time On Ice in 2014-15

During an average game, Matt Niskanen was on the ice for 1:42 during power plays.

Year Ice Time Power Play Ice Time
2012-13 20:21 2:27
2013-14 21:18 3:33
2014-15 23:49 1:42

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Matt Niskanen 2014-15 NHL Game Log
Date Opponent G A Pts +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SOG SH% HIT BS TOI PPTOI
Oct 22 at EDM 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 1 20:37 0:54
Oct 18 FLA 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 3 1 27:29 0:38
Oct 16 NJ 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 0.0 1 0 20:35 2:54
Oct 14 SJ 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 3 2 26:47 1:43
Oct 11 at BOS 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 0 20:45 1:52
Oct 9 MON 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 2 2 26:42 2:10

Matt Niskanen: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Niskanen picked up an assist and logged over 25 minutes of ice time in the Capitals' 5-4 overtime win over the Bruins on Friday.

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Niskanen signed a seven-year, $40.25 million contract with the Capitals on Tuesday.

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The Islanders have been in touch with Niskanen, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.

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Niskanen's two-assist night in Monday's clinching Game 6 brought his totals to two goals and six assists in the playoffs.

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Niskanen recorded a goal and an assist Wednesday against the Blue Jackets.

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Niskanen skated on Pittsburgh's third defensive pairing with Olli Maatta on Tuesday and manned the left point of the second power-play unit, the Penguins' official site reports.

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Niskanen is not in Sunday's lineup against the Senators.

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Niskanen tallied a pair of assists Wednesday -- including one on the power play, in a 4-3 victory over Detroit.

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Niskanen went pointless despite leading Pittsburgh with 27:55 TOI against Detroit on Thursday, including 7:40 on the power play.

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Niskanen netted his career-high 10th goal in Sunday's 4-3 loss to Philadelphia.

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Niskanen broke a three-game pointless streak Tuesday, tallying an assist while finishing plus-1 against Washington.

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Niskanen scored one goal at even strength and another on the power play in Tuesday's win over the Predators.

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2014-15

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2013-14

Niskanen has been the topic of trade rumors after a disappointing season in 2012-13. His $2.3 million AAV contract is also more than the Penguins can afford. Pittsburgh tried him as a No. 4 defender at times, but he's probably better suited as part of a bottom pairing. Niskanen compiled 14 points (4G, 10A) in 40 games despite seeing ample action with Kris Letang and Paul Martin missing significant time. He has the potential to go on a two-week run as a solid fantasy producer, but he's better as an in-season pickup than as a rostered player except in the deepest of fantasy leagues.

2012-13

Pittsburgh thought enough of Niskanen to offer him a two-year, $4.6 million deal in the offseason, which he readily accepted. The defender rebounded from a weak 2010-11 showing with a consistent game nightly last season. His counting stats were nothing special -- four goals and 21 points in 75 games -- but he'll see plenty of playing time as a no. 4 or 5 defenseman. He scored 35 points in his sophomore season with Dallas in 2008-09, so the upside of a 35-40 point season is possible, especially with a couple years of experience in Pittsburgh's defensive system under his belt.

2011-12

Niskanen was considered a throw-in as part of the Alex Goligoski-James Neal trade, and he played like one as the season went along. Niskanen, a former first-round pick, is scheduled to make $1.5 million in 2011-12. It wouldn't be surprising to see the Pens move him at some point, as his defensive shortcomings became apparent with each passing game in Pittsburgh. He compiled 35 points for the Stars in 2008-09, so the potential for offense is there. Still, his four-point (1,3) production in 18 games for the Pens might not be enough to warrant his pay in 2011-12.

2010-11

Niskanen had a second straight disappointing season (3 G, 12 A, minus-15) after a promising rookie campaign back in 2007-08. The absence of Sergei Zubov the past two seasons seems to have impacted Niskanen the most, as there's virtually no confidence left in the youngster. A change of scenery may be required because he was just as invisible most nights under new coach Marc Crawford, as he was in Dave Tippet's system the year before.

2009-10

Niskanen led the Dallas blue line in scoring, albeit with a pretty pedestrian 6-29-35 line. He'll continue to see time on one of the two power play units for the Stars, though Dallas may opt for a forward (Brad Richards or Mike Modano) on one of the two points at times. He's had two decent seasons in his young career, and this could be the year Niskanen steps up his play another notch and approaches 50 points.

2008-09

Niskanen had a fine rookie season with 26 points in 78 games, being paired with Sergei Zubov while Zubov was healthy. His puck-moving skills could land him on the top power play unit if Dallas doesn't load up with Brad Richards or Mike Modano on the point alongside Zubov. He doesn't posses a heavy shot but could be a nice source of assists from the back end.

2007-08

Niskanen jumped from 14 points in his freshman season at the University of Minnesota-Duluth to 31 points in his sophomore season. Once his college season ended, Niskanen joined Iowa of the AHL. Dallas envisions him as a future PP quarterback, but it will likely be a year or two before he becomes an everyday NHL player.

2006-07

Will play for the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2006-07.

2004-05

Niskanen may very well be the best athlete in the 2005 NHL draft class. He is a two-sport star (quarterback) who also plays baseball (pitcher and infield) pretty darned well. He's smart and fast (think wide receiver kind of speed) and hockey is his game. He was a Mr. Hockey finalist (Minnesota high school honor) and on the All-State first team in 2004-2005. He's poised beyond his years, probably from taking so many snaps from behind center. Calm, cool, collected and headed to the University of Minnesota-Duluth for 2005-2006.