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Matt Niskanen

27-Year-Old Defenseman – Washington Capitals

2013-14 NHL Stats

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10

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36

PP Pts

15

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33

PIM

51

2014-15 NHL Projections

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2014-15 Fantasy Hockey Outlook

The top defenseman on the free agent market, Niskanen capped of Washington’s free agent 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 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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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 Proj 27 NHL WAS 81 Subscribe now to see our 2014-15 projections for Matt Niskanen

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Time On Ice Stats

21:18

Average Time On Ice in 2013-14

During an average game, Matt Niskanen was on the ice for 21:18.

3:33

Average Power Play Time On Ice in 2013-14

During an average game, Matt Niskanen was on the ice for 3:33 during power plays.

Year Ice Time Power Play Ice Time
2011-12 17:56 2:23
2012-13 20:21 2:27
2013-14 21:18 3:33

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Matt Niskanen 2013-14 NHL Game Log
Date Opponent G A Pts +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SOG SH% HIT BS TOI PPTOI
Apr 13 TB Did Not Play
Apr 11 CHI Did Not Play
Apr 10 at CAR Did Not Play
Apr 8 at STL Did Not Play
Apr 5 at NYI 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 1 1 18:25 2:53
Apr 4 at NJ Did Not Play
Apr 1 DAL 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 1 1 20:54 1:31
Mar 30 at NSH 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 3 0 21:59 3:28
Mar 29 BOS Did Not Play
Mar 25 LA 0 0 0 -1 2 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 1 23:01 1:23
Mar 22 at SJ 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 0.0 0 1 24:44 5:29
Mar 20 at LA 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 1 27:55 7:40
Mar 18 at ANH 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 0 20:02 5:04
Mar 16 TOR 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 50.0 1 2 27:11 7:02
Mar 14 VAN Did Not Play
Mar 11 at PIT 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 4 0.0 0 1 23:08 2:28
Mar 10 PIT 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.0 0 2 23:14 3:07
Mar 8 PHO Did Not Play
Mar 6 at BOS 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 2 0 25:16 4:20
Mar 5 at PHI Did Not Play
Mar 2 PHI Did Not Play
Mar 1 at BOS 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 1 0 25:35 8:09
Feb 27 at FLA 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 3 0.0 2 0 27:27 6:59
Feb 8 NJ Did Not Play
Feb 6 WPG Did Not Play
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Feb 4 NYI Did Not Play
Feb 2 DET Did Not Play
Jan 31 at DET Did Not Play
Jan 30 at CLS 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.0 4 1 20:48 2:10
Jan 28 at BUF Did Not Play
Jan 25 at MON 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 2 1 20:05 1:59
Jan 24 at NJ Did Not Play
Jan 21 OTT Did Not Play
Jan 19 at NYR Did Not Play
Jan 17 at CLS Did Not Play
Jan 15 at PIT 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 0 0 20:56 0:55
Jan 14 SJ Did Not Play
Jan 12 BUF Did Not Play
Jan 10 TOR 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 19:50 0:55
Jan 9 at TB Did Not Play
Jan 4 at MIN Did Not Play
Jan 2 CAR Did Not Play
Dec 30 at OTT Did Not Play
Dec 29 at BUF 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 0.0 1 1 21:10 6:36
Dec 27 NYR 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 3 1 23:14 1:15
Dec 23 ANH 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 1 0 24:35 9:03
Dec 21 NJ 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 25.0 1 3 22:58 1:13
Dec 20 at CAR Did Not Play
Dec 17 at PHI Did Not Play
Dec 15 PHI Did Not Play
Dec 13 at FLA 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 2 21:24 2:00
Dec 10 TB Did Not Play
Dec 8 at NYR Did Not Play
Dec 7 NSH 0 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 3 0.0 5 2 25:44 7:17
Dec 3 CAR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 3 2 22:08 0:23
Nov 30 at NYI 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 0 18:19 0:00
Nov 29 MON 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 1 17:41 0:51
Nov 27 OTT 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 1 19:53 1:23
Nov 23 at TOR 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0.0 2 1 18:38 0:50
Nov 22 MON 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 2 0.0 4 0 16:38 0:53
Nov 20 PIT 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 2 1 14:59 0:00
Nov 17 STL Did Not Play
Nov 15 at DET 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 4 1 16:38 0:47
Nov 12 CLS Did Not Play
Nov 10 at COL Did Not Play
Nov 9 at PHO 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 3 2 22:59 0:44
Nov 7 MIN Did Not Play
Nov 5 NYI Did Not Play
Nov 2 FLA 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 1 20:11 0:51
Nov 1 at PHI 0 1 1 0 5 0 1 0 2 0.0 0 0 15:52 0:55
Oct 28 at VAN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 1 19:53 2:20
Oct 26 at CGY 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 0 18:12 0:45
Oct 24 at EDM Did Not Play
Oct 22 at WPG Did Not Play
Oct 19 CLS 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 2 1 21:57 4:35
Oct 16 NYR Did Not Play
Oct 14 EDM Did Not Play
Oct 12 COL 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 2 50.0 3 0 19:27 4:44
Oct 10 CAR Did Not Play
Oct 5 at DAL 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 2 20:37 2:06
Oct 3 CGY 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 5 19:51 0:37
Oct 1 at CHI Did Not Play

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

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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Niskanen led all Penguins players with 27:27 TOI against the Canadiens on Thursday, tallying a power-play assist.

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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.