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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
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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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Season Stats
GPGAPTS+/-PIMPPGPPASHGSHAGWSOGPct
82527321038214003150.033
Career Stats
YearTeamGPGAPTS+/-PIMPPGPPASHGSHAGWSOGPct
2007DAL787192622362600099.071
2008DAL8062935-115228000111.054
2009DAL7431215-151806002110.027
2010PIT631910-3500500077.013
2011PIT754172194735000118.034
2012PIT40410144120200267.060
2013PIT811036463351312006162.062
2014WAS824273174728010117.034
2015WAS82527321038214003150.033
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Depth Charts

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