With the recent injury to Tomas Hertl, this move was not a shocker. Nieto has already suited up with the big club this year, registering two goals and four assists. Since being sent down, the 21-year-old had five points in two games, and with the news that Hertl may miss at least a month (some reports have speculated he’ll miss the rest of the season), I wouldn't expect to see Nieto back in the AHL anytime soon. Since his stay with the Sharks is most likely going to be a long one, he gains some value for that reason alone. Most likely, we'll see Martin Havlat slide up to the second line while Nieto fills in at left wing on the third line, seeing somewhere between 10-13 minutes per night. For a team that has great depth up front, it is unlikely we will see Nieto with any power-play minutes, but his ability to produce offensively both in juniors and college suggests that he will defin
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