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Matt Niskanen

28-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 recorded an assist during Washington's 5-1 rout of the Islanders in Thursday's Game 5.

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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 82 4 27 31 7 47 117 3.4 0 0 22:21 2 8 10 1:09 143 106
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Time On Ice Stats

22:21

Average Time On Ice in 2014-15

During an average game, Matt Niskanen was on the ice for 22:21.

1:09

Average Power Play Time On Ice in 2014-15

During an average game, Matt Niskanen was on the ice for 1:09 during power plays.

Year Ice Time Power Play Ice Time
2012-13 20:21 2:27
2013-14 21:18 3:33
2014-15 22:21 1:09

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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
May 4 NYR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 3 7 25:56 1:15
May 2 at NYR 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 1 22:33 0:02
Apr 30 at NYR 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2 3 21:32 0:32
Apr 27 NYI 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 1 23:05 0:00
Apr 25 at NYI 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 3 2 23:38 0:59
Apr 23 NYI 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 2 3 22:46 2:02
Apr 21 at NYI 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 3 1 28:08 0:24
Apr 19 at NYI 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 2 0 22:50 1:26
Apr 17 NYI 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 5 0 21:47 0:00
Apr 15 NYI 0 0 0 -4 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 3 1 20:39 1:31
Apr 11 NYR 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 2 1 24:23 0:00
Apr 8 BOS 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 5 20.0 2 0 18:55 0:44
Apr 5 at DET 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 0.0 1 2 22:42 1:38
Apr 4 at OTT 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 2 23:24 1:27
Apr 2 at MON 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 6 22:21 0:00
Mar 31 CAR 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 3 2 21:27 0:00
Mar 29 at NYR 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.0 2 0 22:17 1:18
Mar 28 NSH 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 1 20:10 1:01
Mar 26 NJ 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 2 0 21:57 1:09
Mar 21 at WPG 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 3 2 24:18 1:20
Mar 19 at MIN 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 1 21:17 1:41
Mar 16 at BUF 0 2 2 -1 0 0 2 0 0 0.0 2 1 26:00 1:28
Mar 15 BOS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 3 3 25:00 0:00
Mar 13 DAL 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 2 26:04 2:53
Mar 11 NYR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 3 2 28:10 0:26
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Mar 7 BUF 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 2 19:19 0:33
Mar 5 MIN 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.0 2 1 23:05 0:16
Mar 3 at CLS 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 21:35 0:11
Mar 1 TOR 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 2 1 20:25 0:15
Feb 27 at CAR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 6 3 24:15 0:04
Feb 25 PIT 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 0 19:36 1:01
Feb 22 at PHI 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0.0 2 1 21:18 1:15
Feb 21 NYI 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 33.3 3 2 25:37 0:25
Feb 19 WPG 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 1 23:40 2:00
Feb 17 at PIT 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 4 1 18:23 0:54
Feb 15 at ANH 0 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 2 20:24 1:03
Feb 14 at LA 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 1 21:32 0:48
Feb 11 at SJ 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 0 20:59 0:00
Feb 8 PHI 0 0 0 -1 5 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 1 19:26 1:30
Feb 6 ANH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 2 3 28:51 0:34
Feb 5 at OTT 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 0.0 2 1 22:32 0:25
Feb 3 LA 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 0 19:43 0:37
Feb 1 STL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 2 2 23:27 1:34
Jan 31 at MON 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 2 23:10 1:52
Jan 28 PIT 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 3 22:16 1:34
Jan 27 at CLS 0 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 0 22:43 0:47
Jan 20 EDM 0 0 0 -2 4 0 0 0 2 0.0 2 2 23:48 0:03
Jan 17 at DAL 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 3 1 19:54 0:44
Jan 16 at NSH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 2 22:32 0:00
Jan 14 PHI 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 3 0 19:34 0:00
Jan 12 COL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 1 19:30 0:44
Jan 10 DET 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2 0 22:21 0:05
Jan 8 at PHI 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0.0 2 1 22:10 0:38
Jan 7 at TOR 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 2 20:48 0:47
Jan 4 FLA 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 5 0.0 1 2 22:03 1:06
Jan 1 CHI 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 3 0.0 4 0 23:17 0:51
Dec 29 at NYI 0 0 0 -1 2 0 0 0 1 0.0 3 0 23:47 1:25
Dec 27 at PIT 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 4 0 22:16 1:45
Dec 23 at NYR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 1 22:20 0:45
Dec 22 OTT 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 1 19:42 0:31
Dec 20 at NJ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 2 0 22:13 0:34
Dec 18 at CLS 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 4 2 22:38 0:24
Dec 16 at FLA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2 1 21:49 0:03
Dec 13 TB 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 4 3 24:58 3:41
Dec 11 CLS 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.0 1 2 26:15 5:47
Dec 9 at TB 1 0 1 -1 0 1 0 0 3 33.3 1 0 23:23 1:56
Dec 6 at NJ 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 0 24:36 2:23
Dec 4 at CAR 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 0 1 24:53 2:34
Dec 2 VAN 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 2 1 24:24 1:41
Nov 29 at TOR 0 0 0 -1 2 0 0 0 2 0.0 3 1 22:48 3:38
Nov 28 NYI 0 3 3 1 2 0 1 0 1 0.0 1 3 22:35 2:02
Nov 26 at NYI 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.0 4 1 26:22 1:16
Nov 22 BUF 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 4 25.0 1 1 24:16 0:28
Nov 20 at COL 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 3 2 21:11 0:56
Nov 18 at ARI 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 3 1 20:42 0:07
Nov 15 at STL 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 2 2 22:37 0:00
Nov 14 NJ 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 1 20:07 0:56
Nov 11 CLS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 2 19:18 0:42
Nov 8 CAR 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 4 20:37 1:22
Nov 7 at CHI 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 2 0 16:02 0:00
Nov 4 CGY 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 0 23:48 0:59
Nov 2 ARI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 2 19:00 0:17
Nov 1 at TB 0 0 0 -3 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 1 17:44 0:34
Oct 29 DET 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 2 0 20:04 1:22
Oct 26 at VAN 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 2 21:43 0:00
Oct 25 at CGY 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 2 21:20 1:17
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 a pair of helpers in Friday's Game 2 win over the Islanders.

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Niskanen had an assist and 21:27 of ice time in Washington's 4-2 win over Carolina on Tuesday.

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Niskanen grabbed another assist in the Capitals' 4-3 loss to the Predators on Saturday.

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Niskanen assisted on Karl Alzner's game-opening goal and then finished the scoring with the game-winner in overtime Thursday against New Jersey.

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Niskanen dished out a pair of power-play assists in Monday's 4-3 win over the Sabres.

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Niskanen will take the place of Mike Green (upper-body) on the Capitals' top power play unit for Wednesday's crucial match against the Rangers, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports.

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Niskanen collected an assist in Thursday's win over the Jets.

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Niskanen picked up two assists and went plus-2 with two PIM in Tuesday's loss to Columbus.

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Niskanen was on the ice for pregame warmups in advance of Wednesday's matchup with the Leafs, Mike Vogel of WashingtonCaps.com reports.

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Updating a previous report, Niskanen is now being considered a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against the Maple Leafs, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.

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Niskanen (lower body) is on track to play Wednesday against the Maple Leafs.

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Niskanen is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

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.