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83 Matt Nieto LW
Height/Weight: 5-11/177 | Birthdate: 11/5/1992 | Birthplace: Long Beach, CA, USA | Team: San Jose Sharks | College: Boston U. | NHL Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 11/2 | Average Draft Position: 195.74
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12/19/2014

Matt Nieto, LW, SJ

Matt Nieto

Sharks' Nieto Resumes Skating

News: Matt Nieto (ankle) skated Friday for the second consecutive day, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Matt Nieto is tentatively planning a return to the lineup following the Sharks' upcoming four-day break for Christmas. It will be contingent on how much progress he makes with the ankle during practice, but he does at least seem to be trending in the right direction with his recovery.

12/15/2014

Matt Nieto, LW, SJ

Matt Nieto

Sharks' Nieto Suffers Setback

News: Matt Nieto suffered a setback in his recovery from an ankle injury and will miss at least one more game, CSN Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Matt Nieto was able to practice the last few days, but he took a step back Monday, sitting out practice and only skating briefly by himself. Nieto will have a chance to return to action Saturday, but his absence could extend at least into next week if he does not improve over the next few days.

12/11/2014

Matt Nieto, LW, SJ

Matt Nieto

Sharks Rule Nieto Out For Thursday

News: Matt Nieto (lower body) has been ruled out of Thursday's game against the Wild, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Matt Nieto was optimistic that he'd be back in the lineup Thursday, but those hopes were dashed when he noticed a setback in his recovery Wednesday. It's not clear if it's just a minor speed bump or something that will extend his absence by multiple games, but more information regarding his condition should be available in the coming days.

12/10/2014

Matt Nieto, LW, SJ

Matt Nieto

Sharks' Nieto Placed On IR

News: Matt Nieto (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.
Analysis: With the Sharks ruling out Matt Nieto for his fourth straight game Thursday, the roster move doesn't change his situation since he'll have already missed a week due to the injury. Nieto will target a return to the lineup Saturday versus the Predators and will be activated from IR if he demonstrates some progress before that time with his ankle injury.

12/10/2014

Matt Nieto, LW, SJ

Matt Nieto

Sharks' Nieto To Miss Third Straight

News: Matt Nieto (lower body) will miss his third straight game Tuesday versus the Oilers, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Kurz reports that Matt Nieto's injury is related to his ankle, which he incurred following a hit from the Bruins' Kevan Miller on Dec. 4. The forward skated for about an hour Tuesday and is hoping to be ready to go in time for Thursday's match with the Wild.

12/7/2014

Matt Nieto, LW, SJ

Matt Nieto

Sharks' Nieto (Lower Body) Out Sunday

News: Matt Nieto (lower body) will not skate against the Oilers on Sunday, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: This will be the second-straight game that Matt Nieto stays off the ice. His next opportunity to skate will be Tuesday when the Sharks and Oilers complete the second game of their home-and-home series in San Jose.

12/7/2014

Matt Nieto, LW, SJ

Matt Nieto

Sharks' Nieto (Lower Body) Ruled Out Saturday

News: Matt Nieto will not play Saturday due to a lower body injury, CSN Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Matt Nieto will take a seat Saturday and look to return for a Sunday afternoon contest against the Oilers. Look for Tye McGinn or Barclay Goodrow to see reps on the Sharks' third or fourth lines as a result, though neither are likely high-percentage fantasy plays.

12/3/2014

Matt Nieto, LW, SJ

Matt Nieto

Sharks' Nieto Scores Game-Winner Tuesday

News: Matt Nieto scored the game-winning goal in Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Flyers, putting the puck in the net with just 12 seconds remaining.
Analysis: It's his second straight game with a goal, though Friday's tally came into an empty net. Matt Nieto's not much known for his scoring -- with nine points in 25 games, he's clipping along at about the same pace as last year.

10/21/2014

Matt Nieto, LW, SJ Sharks' Nieto To Join Pavelski, Thornton Tuesday

Matt Nieto

Sharks' Nieto To Join Pavelski, Thornton Tuesday

News: Matt Nieto will join Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski on the Sharks' second line Tuesday versus the Bruins, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: After an uninspiring 4-0 loss to the Rangers over the weekend, coach Todd McLellan will shake up his lines in the hopes of revitalizing the offense. Matt Nieto has gone without a point in his last three games after getting off to a hot start to the season, but playing with talents like Pavelski and Thornton could help spark the youngster's production. The line arrangement isn't expected to last long-term, but Nieto might make for an inexpensive, high-quality speculative play in daily formats Tuesday.

10/16/2014

Matt Nieto, LW, SJ

Matt Nieto

Sharks' Nieto On Three-Game Streak

News: Matt Nieto had an assist Tuesday, extending his point streak to three games in a win over Washington.
Analysis: Matt Nieto may not be getting top-line minutes, but he's producing at a good clip, with a goal and two assists through the season's opening three games.

10/9/2014

Matt Nieto, LW, SJ

Matt Nieto

Nieto Scores In Sharks Opener

News: Matt Nieto scored the fourth and final goal in San Jose's 4-0 win over Los Angeles on Wednesday.
Analysis: Matt Nieto also logged a plus-1 rating, two penalty minutes, and two shots in the opener. A good start for the second-year forward who scored his way to ten goals and 14 assists in fits and starts last season.

9/9/2014

Matt Nieto, LW, SJ

Matt Nieto

Sharks' Nieto Bidding For A Top-Six Role

News: Matt Nieto is expected to open the season on the Sharks' second line, working at right wing alongside Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau, CSNBayArea.com's Kevin Kurz reports.
Analysis: Matt Nieto is coming off an up-and-down rookie season in which he compiled 24 points in 66 games, but he was at least able to capitalize on his considerable speed on a few occasions during the campaign to get the Sharks excited about his future. Though Nieto doesn't offer the upside of a top-flight scorer like that of teammate Tomas Hertl, opportunities to pick up points should still become plentiful for the 21-year-old, especially if he ends up sticking on the second line.

4/25/2014

Matt Nieto, LW, SJ Sharks' Nieto On Four-Game Streak

Matt Nieto

Sharks' Nieto On Four-Game Streak

News: Matt Nieto had a goal and three shots, extending his point streak to four games, in Thursday's loss to LA.
Analysis: Matt Nieto has two goals and three assists through the first four games of the series. He's surpassing expectations and is playing a very strong game so far. He's a good sleeper pickup.

4/23/2014

Matt Nieto, LW, SJ SJ's Nieto Nets First Postseason Goal

Matt Nieto

SJ's Nieto Nets First Postseason Goal

News: Matt Nieto scored on one of two shots in a Game 3 OT win over Los Angeles.
Analysis: Matt Nieto has a goal and three assists through three games. He is quickly proving that San Jose has more than one exciting rookie forward on the team.

4/21/2014

Matt Nieto, LW, SJ

Matt Nieto

Two-Point Night For Sharks' Nieto

News: Matt Nieto bagged a pair of assists in Sunday's Game 1 win over the Kings.
Analysis: The rookie winger has played well in the opening games of round one, accumulating three assists and a plus-3 rating. After opening Game 2 in a two-goal deficit, coach Todd McLellan refocused the lineup on scoring depth, moving Joe Pavelski back to third-line center. If the depth chart stays that way, Matt Nieto could be a beneficiary, as the top three lines would be full of offensive potential and tough for the Kings to manage.

4/18/2014

Matt Nieto, LW, SJ

Matt Nieto

SJ's Nieto Grabs First Career Postseason Point

News: Matt Nieto had an assist and three shots in the Game 1 win over the Kings on Thursday.
Analysis: Matt Nieto had an impressive first postseason outing, adding five hits in his playoff debut.

4/15/2014

Matt Nieto, LW, SJ

Matt Nieto

Nieto Back Up For Sharks

News: Matt Nieto has been recalled by the Sharks in advance of their playoff series with the Kings, CSNBayArea.com's Kevin Kurz reports.
Analysis: Matt Nieto skated on the second line at Tuesday's practice, alongside Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture. He's produced well during his 66-game stint with the Sharks this season, scoring 10 goals and adding 14 assists.

4/11/2014

Matt Nieto, LW, SJ

Matt Nieto

Sharks Reassign Nieto

News: Matt Nieto was reassigned to ECHL Ontario on Friday, Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com reports.
Analysis: It sounds like Matt Nieto was simply reassigned to facilitate roster space for Tomas Hertl's (knee) return from injured reserve. Though Nieto won't be available for Saturday's regular season finale, he'll rejoin the Sharks for the playoffs.

3/24/2014

Matt Nieto, LW, SJ

Matt Nieto

Nieto Continues Strong Play For San Jose

News: Matt Nieto had an assist and two shots in 19:50 of ice time during Monday's shootout loss to Calgary.
Analysis: Matt Nieto has three goals and five assists over the last nine games -- a surprising run of production from the 20-year-old, who managed just 15 points in his first 49 games.

3/23/2014

Matt Nieto, LW, SJ

Matt Nieto

Nieto Continues To Rise In San Jose

News: Matt Nieto had an assist and four shots through 14:30 of ice time in Saturday's OT loss to the Capitals.
Analysis: Matt Nieto struggled to find a consistent game for most of the season, but has emerged as a rookie to watch in March. In his last eight games he has three goals and four assists.

3/19/2014

Matt Nieto, LW, SJ

Matt Nieto

Nieto Continues String Of Strong Play For Sharks

News: Matt Nieto had an assist and three shots in a disappointing loss to the Panthers on Tuesday.
Analysis: Matt Nieto has really come alive since the beginning of the month. He's got three goals and three assists in his last six games.

3/14/2014

Matt Nieto, LW, SJ Sharks' Nieto Scores Again

Matt Nieto

Sharks' Nieto Scores Again

News: Matt Nieto potted his third goal in four games and extended a points streak to four games with a tally in San Jose's 4-3 win over the Islanders on Friday.
Analysis: Matt Nieto has quietly been giving San Jose a secondary scoring threat after the likes of Joe Pavelski, Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture. Give him a look in deep leagues if you need a scoring boost, as he is seeing chances on a strong team. Just don't be disappointed if he quiets a bit.

3/13/2014

Matt Nieto, LW, SJ

Matt Nieto

Nieto Active In Sharks Win

News: Matt Nieto pushed his point streak to three games with a goal in Thursday's shootout win over Columbus.
Analysis: This rookie is long on skill, but has been a bit inconsistent this season, as rookies are wont to be. When he's seeing time with the team's top players, Matt Nieto tends to score more, as anyone would. Remember his name for next year, as he's been too inconsistent this season to be relied upon much, with 20 points through 53 games.

3/12/2014

Matt Nieto, LW, SJ

Matt Nieto

Nieto Adds Assist In Sharks Win

News: Matt Nieto had an assist and a notable 18:27 in ice time Tuesday against Toronto.
Analysis: That's a lot of ice time for a rookie who is averaging just 13:47 per night. The team's confidence in Matt Nieto is rising as he leaves a long slump behind him. He has four goals and two assists over the last eight games, which is strong considering he's not that far removed from a seven-game stretch without a point and an early drought of 28 games without a goal.

3/9/2014

Matt Nieto, LW, SJ

Matt Nieto

Nieto Scores In SJ's Win

News: Matt Nieto collected a goal and an assist Saturday as the Sharks blanked Montreal, 4-0.
Analysis: He still hasn't proven himself as a consistent scorer -- note his eight weeks without a point in November and December -- but he's showing signs of developing his offense at the tender age of 21. As we've noted here previously, his fantasy value will depend largely on his line assignments.