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Matt Niskanen

31-Year-Old Defenseman – Washington Capitals

2017-18 NHL Stats

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2017-18 NHL Projections

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2017-18 Fantasy Hockey Outlook

After posting point totals in the low 30s in his first two seasons with Washington, Niskanen surprisingly came one point short of his second career 40-point campaign in 2016-17, and he provided an extra boost of fantasy value with a plus-20 rating as well. A lot of that prod...

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SHOOTS: Right   HT: 6' 1"   WT: 203   DOB: 12/6/1986   BORN: Virginia, Minnesota   DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #28 Overall in 2005   Show ContractHide Contract

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Matt Niskanen Contract Information:

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

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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 0:59 25 15
2011-12 24 NHL PIT 75 4 17 21 9 47 118 3.4 0 0 17:56 3 5 8 2:13 105 69
2012-13 25 NHL PIT 40 4 10 14 4 12 67 6.0 2 0 20:21 0 2 2 2:01 49 47
2013-14 26 NHL PIT 81 10 36 46 33 51 162 6.2 6 0 21:18 3 12 15 3:00 124 76
2014-15 27 NHL WAS 82 4 27 31 7 47 117 3.4 0 0 22:21 2 8 10 1:04 143 106
2015-16 28 NHL WAS 82 5 27 32 10 38 150 3.3 3 0 24:40 2 14 16 2:25 157 145
2016-17 29 NHL WAS 78 5 34 39 20 32 154 3.2 2 0 22:11 1 8 9 1:48 147 93
2017-18 30 NHL WAS 20 2 8 10 14 12 39 5.1 1 0 21:58 0 0 0 0:52 34 25
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#2 Right Defenseman
  1. John Carlson
  2. Matt Niskanen
  3. Madison Bowey
Washington Capitals

2017-18 Time On Ice Stats

21:58

Average Time On Ice

On average, Matt Niskanen was on the ice for 21:58.

0:52

Average Power Play Time On Ice

On average, Matt Niskanen was on the ice for 0:52 during power plays.

2:33

Average Short-Handed Time On Ice

On average, Matt Niskanen was on the ice for 2:33 while the team was short-handed.

Year Ice Time Power Play Short-Handed
2015-16 24:40 2:25 2:52
2016-17 22:11 1:48 2:35
2017-18 21:58 0:52 2:33

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2017-18 NHL Game Log   Matt Niskanen
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Date Opp G A Pts +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SOG SH% HIT BS TOI PPTOI
Dec 14 BOS@BOS 0 2 2 3 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 2 2 22:58 0:18
Dec 12 COL 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 50.0 2 1 25:05 0:10
Dec 11 NYI@NYI 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 0 18:29 0:42
Dec 8 NYR 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 33.3 1 2 24:04 1:27
Dec 6 CHI 0 1 1 4 2 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 3 21:18 0:09
Dec 4 SAN 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 1 22:12 1:36
Dec 2 CLM 0 1 1 -1 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 5 2 24:55 0:44
Nov 30 LOS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.0 1 2 22:54 0:09
Nov 25 TOR@TOR 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2 2 24:14 0:54
Nov 24 TAM 0 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 2 1 24:30 0:36
Nov 22 OTT 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 4 2 21:41 0:00
Nov 20 CGY 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0 1 0 21:03 0:30
Nov 18 MIN 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 5 0.0 2 0 21:34 1:31
Nov 16 COL@COL 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 3 0.0 0 1 17:56 1:40
Nov 14 NAS@NAS 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 0.0 0 1 20:33 0:00
Nov 12 EDM Did Not Play
Nov 10 PIT Did Not Play
Nov 7 BUF@BUF Did Not Play
Nov 6 ARI Did Not Play
Nov 4 BOS@BOS Did Not Play
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Nov 2 NYI Did Not Play
Oct 29 CGY@CGY Did Not Play
Oct 28 EDM@EDM Did Not Play
Oct 26 VAN@VAN Did Not Play
Oct 21 FLA Did Not Play
Oct 20 DET@DET Did Not Play
Oct 17 TOR Did Not Play
Oct 14 PHI@PHI Did Not Play
Oct 13 NJD@NJD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2 0 12:18 0:00
Oct 11 PIT 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 1 0.0 2 2 22:13 2:50
Oct 9 TAM@TAM 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 2 25:55 1:08
Oct 7 MON 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 1 0.0 3 0 20:16 2:24
Oct 5 OTT@OTT 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 1 1 25:03 0:23

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

Niskanen registered an assist during Saturday's 3-1 win over the Wild.

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Niskanen (upper body) will return to Washington's lineup for Tuesday's road game against the Predators, Tarik El-Bashir of NBC Sports Washington reports.

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Niskanen (upper body) has been cleared for some contact and will travel with the team for Tuesday's contest in Nashville, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.

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Niskanen (upper body) said he's "feeling good," but doesn't know if he'll be an option for Sunday's home game against the Oilers, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.

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Niskanen (upper body) was placed on long-term injured reserve Saturday and he is considered week-to-week.

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Niskanen will not return to Friday's game against the Devils due to an upper-body injury.

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Niskanen logged 25:55 of ice time, including 1:08 on the power play, and close to four-and-a-half minutes shorthanded in Monday's 4-3 overtime road loss to the Lightning.

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Niskanen had an assist in Thursday's 5-4 shootout win over Ottawa.

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Niskanen delivered an even-strength goal in Friday's 3-1 road loss to the Hurricanes.

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Niskanen can't be picked by Vegas in the expansion draft, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.

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Niskanen will not receive any supplementary discipline following his cross-check to the head of Sidney Crosby in Game 3 on Monday, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.

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Niskanen will not dress for the team's regular-season finale Sunday against the Panthers, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.

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2017-18

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2016-17

A physical defenseman who’s added an impressive shot-blocking component to his resume since signing with the Capitals, Niskanen comes back for a third season in D.C. with fairly little fantasy fanfare. A spike in power-play time last year made Niskanen’s production with the man advantage rise from 10 to 16 points, but his total offensive output went nearly unchanged, as he added one goal to 2014-15’s total of four goals and 27 assists. It seems like Niskanen’s 10-goal, 46-point campaign as a Penguin in 2013-14 may have written the proverbial check that he won’t cash again in his career; that season sticks out like a sore thumb in his career stats. The 30-ish-point version of Niskanen is closer to what we can expect moving forward as he continues to occupy a second-unit slot on the Caps’ blue line in the midst of his long-term contract.

2015-16

Niskanen took a step backward in his first year with the Caps. After delivering 10 goals and 46 points in 2013-14, he fell back to just four goals and 31 points in 2014-15. It really wasn’t a surprise – Niskanen didn’t get nearly as many offensive opportunities as he did with the Pens. But this season will be different. Mike Green is gone, and the Caps expect someone from the existing roster will fill the void. We’re looking at you, Mr. Niskanen – carpe diem! Niskanen is the logical choice to fill Green’s boots, and that means he’ll deliver like he did in 2013-14. He’s not exactly a sleeper, but he’ll be a bit underrated on draft day. You’ll be happy you grabbed him.

2014-15

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 line, and the 27-year-old Minnesotan was able to to take advantage of increased playing time with the likes of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin to generate a banner year, tallying 10 goals and 46 points and averaging over 21 minutes of ice time. Many believe that the stars aligned for Niskanen last season, and as such, his point totals might regress due to the competition he faces for ice time on such a deep defense. Still, the disparity in talent between Crosby/Malkin and Alex Ovechkin/Nicklas Backstrom isn’t significant, and Niskanen should get plenty of opportunities to be a productive fantasy blueliner.

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.