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Matt Niskanen | Defenseman | #2

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 12/6/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 200
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 1 (28) / DAL
Contract: view contract details

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Matt Niskanen is looking for more offense this season.
He actually wanted more last season as well but with injuries to Brooks Orpik and John Carlson, Niskanen was thrust into the role of the Capitals shut down blueliner. He still managed one extra point over the previous season but Niskanen thinks that he can do more offensively. "Instead of focusing on some of the offensive parts of the game, he learned to defend better than he ever has and was then a huge part of us having the season that we did," associate coach Todd Reirdon said. "Truly, that’s the reason he was able to make it onto that U.S. team, because of how he defended and not because of his offensive game. Now, that’s the next challenge. Matt and I have been through a number of plans over the years and different roles that he’s had, and that’s something that we definitely discussed was having him add a little bit more offense. ... But now I’m able to hold him to a whole ‘nother level defensively that he showed me this year." Sep 26 - 10:12 AM

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Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Lars Eller
4Jay Beagle
LW1Alex Ovechkin
2Marcus Johansson
3Andre Burakovsky
4Zach Sanford
5Daniel Winnik
RW1T.J. Oshie
2Justin Williams
3Tom Wilson
4Brett Connolly
D1John Carlson
2Matt Niskanen
3Karl Alzner
4Brooks Orpik
5Dmitry Orlov
6Nate Schmidt
7Taylor Chorney
G1Braden Holtby
2Philipp Grubauer