Matt Nieto
Matt Nieto
26-Year-Old Left WingLW
Colorado Avalanche
2019 Fantasy Outlook
A decent north-to-south burner with a scoring touch, Nieto's compiled 60 points (26 goals, 34 assists) over 181 games since the Avalanche managed to pluck him off waivers in January 2017. He's generally hit-or-miss in the attacking zone, but the 26-year-old winger assumes key penalty-killing responsibilities, and barring a rash of injuries, Nieto will be hard-pressed to move into the top six at any point this season. The Avalanche gave up two early-round 2020 draft picks to pull Andre Burakovsky from the Capitals, and he's a prime candidate to push Nieto down to the fourth line. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year contract with the Avalanche in July of 2018.
Struggling to score
LWColorado Avalanche
October 11, 2019
Nieto has one assist with a plus-1 rating and two PIM through three games to open the 2019-20 season.
Two seasons ago, Nieto tallied 15 goals, but that was behind a career-high 17.9 shooting percentage. Last year, his shooting percentage dropped to a career-low 4.7 percent. It should fall somewhere in the middle of those two figures this campaign, but the key for Nieto is accumulating more shots. He's averaging 1.0 shot on net per game through the first three contests of the 2019-20 campaign.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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.
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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LWColorado Avalanche
May 2, 2019
Nieto managed an assist in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Sharks in Game 4.
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Goals in consecutive games
LWColorado Avalanche
April 30, 2019
Nieto scored a goal and added two PIM in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Sharks in Game 3.
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Third playoff goal
LWColorado Avalanche
April 29, 2019
Nieto scored his third goal of the playoffs in Sunday's 4-3 win over the Sharks. This was the first of the three to come at even strength, Ron Knabenbauer of reports.
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Point streak at three games
LWColorado Avalanche
April 17, 2019
Nieto registered an assist and two hits in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime win against the Flames in Game 4.
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Strikes shorthanded
LWColorado Avalanche
April 15, 2019
Nieto scored a shorthanded goal and added a helper, two shots and a plus-2 rating in Monday's 6-2 win over the Flames in Game 3.
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