Matt Nieto
Matt Nieto
26-Year-Old Left WingLW
Colorado Avalanche
Out
Injury Lower Body
Est. Return 4/1/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
With the Avalanche sending a more competent squad to the rink on a nightly basis in 2017-18, Nieto predictably posted a much better campaign than his 13-point season split between Colorado and San Jose in 2016-17. All told, he compiled a career-high 15 goals on a 17.9 shooting percentage. A plus-6 rating bodes well, but it will be difficult to repeat that conversion rate of shots into goals, and Nieto has never topped 27 points in a season, making it quite possible that he's nearly reached his cap in yearly points. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year contract with the Avalanche in July of 2018.
Return timeline pushed far back
LWColorado Avalanche
Lower Body
February 26, 2019
Nieto (lower body) will miss 6-to-8 weeks, AJ Haefele of BSN Denver reports.
ANALYSIS
This very well could put Nieto on the shelf for the remainder of the regular season, but it's worth noting that he has yet to be placed on injured reserve. Expect more playing time from rookie Sheldon Dries and veteran Gabriel Bourque in Nieto's absence.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    13:40
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:04
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:44
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
15:56
0:43
1:45
2016–17
12:13
0:08
1:26
2017–18
14:55
0:05
2:17
2018–19
13:40
0:04
2:44
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2011
Nieto didn't show much growth in his second NHL season despite seeing a modest rise in ice time, as he generally came pretty close to replicating the prior campaign's numbers, but with six more games. A slightly undersized winger who doesn't play a particularly tough game, Nieto profiles best as a third-liner at this point, but his current role remains up in the air -- it could be anywhere from borderline top-six guy to depth forward. It's questionable what Nieto would be able to do even if he did earn top-six minutes, though he won't turn 23 until a month into the season, so he still has room for further development.
Nieto had a solid rookie campaign, delivering 10 goals and 14 assists through 66 games last season. With the team refocusing on the youth on the roster, Nieto will be given a solid shot at an increased role and a top-six position. Nieto's upside isn't as big as Hertl's, but he has proven he has the ability to produce if he finds a consistent home in the team's top six. Watch him in camp and be prepared to scoop him up late.
Nieto is one of the newest prospects for the Sharks, as he was taken with the 47th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. At 5-foot-11, 183 pounds, Nieto is a bit on the smaller side, but his skating proficiency more than makes up for it. Most recently, Nieto played for Boston University, where he tallied 23 points (10 G, 13 A) in 39 games as a freshman in 2010-11.
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Now considered week-to-week
LWColorado Avalanche
Lower Body
February 25, 2019
Nieto (lower body) is out Monday against the Panthers and is considered week-to-week, Adrian Dater of BSN Denver reports.
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Officially scratched
LWColorado Avalanche
Lower Body
February 23, 2019
As expected, Nieto (lower body) will not play Saturday against the Predators.
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Doubtful to play Saturday
LWColorado Avalanche
Lower Body
February 23, 2019
Nieto (lower body) is unlikely to play Saturday versus the Predators, Adrian Dater of BSN Denver reports.
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Records pair of assists
LWColorado Avalanche
February 14, 2019
Nieto had two assists, one shorthanded, in Thursday's 4-1 victory over the Jets.
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Lukewarm showing in first half
LWColorado Avalanche
January 25, 2019
Nieto wrapped up the first half with four goals and 11 assists over 47 games.
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