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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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Matt Niskanen and T.J. Oshie will be back at practice Sunday.

Both played for the American squad at the World Cup and with the United States being eliminated, they have returned a day early to the Capitals camp. John Carlson will take the extra day and return on Monday. Niskanen had 32 points last season but may not be as good in 2016-17 as he saw extra power play time when Carlson was forced to sit due to injury.
Sep 25 - 11:11 AM

Matt Niskanen has proven to be a solid addition to the Washington Capitals and GM Brian MacLellan liked the way he played this past season.

"We signed him as a free agent two years ago, and I just thought his game got taken to another level this year," said MacLellan. "… I'm really happy about the way that's turned out." When Brooks Orpik and John Carlson were injured, Niskanen and Karl Alzner became the Capitals' top defensive pairing. He also finished the season with five goals and 32 points in 82 contests.
May 27 - 11:09 AM

Matt Niskanen described being eliminated in the second round as "the most hurt I've been in my career."

Niskanen felt that Washington had a tremendous opportunity this year and they really did look like a team set up to win the Stanley Cup, but that wasn't to be. The silver lining is that the Capitals appear set up to take another serious run at a championship next season, so all hope isn't lost.
May 12 - 2:07 PM

Matt Niskanen had an assist in the Capitals' 3-2 loss to the Penguins Monday night.

Niskanen has three points in nine playoff games. During the regular season he recorded five goals and 32 points in 82 contests.
May 3 - 9:49 AM

Matt Niskanen scored the game-winning goal in overtime for the Capitals, who downed the Bruins 2-1 on Saturday night.

That’s two goals in his past three games, both of which were game winners. While Braden Holtby continues to garner a lot of attention and Alex Ovechkin does his thing, Niskanen might be the most underrated player on this team. He is Mr. Consistent and keeps this defense together despite it being banged up at times. Niskanen not a high-end fantasy guy, though, as he has five goals and 28 points. Karl Alzer scored the other goal.
Mar 5 - 10:33 PM

Matt Niskanen found the back of the net in a 3-2 victory against Toronto on Wednesday.

It was Niskanen's first goal since Feb. 7. He has four markers and 27 points in 63 contests this season.
Mar 3 - 11:11 AM

Matt Niskanen picked up his third goal of season during Sunday's 3-2 win over the Flyers.

Aside from his 10-goal season in 2013-14, Niskanen is on pace to match his average goals per season. He's now up to 23 points in 51 games this season. Not quite what Washington is paying for, but nearly half a point a game from the blue line isn't bad either.
Feb 7 - 6:00 PM

Matt Niskanen registered two assists in a 6-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday night.

It was Niskanen's 20th and 21st points in 46 games this season. There's still an outside chance that he'll reach the 40-point mark for the second time in three seasons.
Jan 20 - 11:39 AM

Matt Niskanen registered an assist in a 4-2 loss to Carolina Thursday night.

Niskanen has two goals and 15 points in 37 contests in 2015-16. That puts him on a pace to record 32 points this season, which would be roughly on par with what he accomplished in 2014-15.
Jan 1 - 11:38 AM

Defenseman Matt Niskanen assisted on both Washington goals in the Capitals' 2-1 overtime triumph over the Red Wings in Detroit Wednesday night.

Niskanen's seventh assist of the season set up Evgeny Kuznetsov for the winning goal 45 seconds into OT. Kuznetsov's goal was his sixth of the season. In the first period, Niskanen assisted on a power-play goal by Justin Williams (fourth), which gave the Caps a 1-1 tie.
Wed, Nov 18, 2015 11:05:00 PM

Matt Niskanen has two goals and three assists in 11 games this season.

Niskanen doesn't have a point in his last four contests though. Even factoring in that cold streak, it's still been a solid start to the season for him. He's capable of flirting with the 40-point mark in 2015-16.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 11:17:00 AM

Matt Niskanen was not at practice Saturday as he and his wife welcomed a baby boy.

Congratulations to the Niskanen family on the great news. Look for a big season from Niskanen as he had 31 points last season but will take over some power play time with Mike Green leaving the Caps for the Red Wings.
Sun, Oct 4, 2015 09:29:00 AM

Look for Matt Niskanen to have a better offensive season in 2015-16.

Niskanen had only 31 points after a 46 point effort in 2013-14 with the Penguins. He should get more opportunities this season as Mike Green is no longer with Washington. John Carlson and Niskanen should lead the Capitals from the blueline. Expect a 40-45 point season if Niskanen can remain healthy which should make him a late round pick in most drafts.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 09:41:00 AM

Matt Niskanen had two assists on Friday.

Niskanen did not have a good offensive season in his first year with Washington as he ended the season with four goals and 31 points after a 10 goal and 46 point effort with Pittsburgh in 2013-14. But the defenseman was certainly stellar offensively Friday to lead the Capital rearguards in points.
Sat, Apr 18, 2015 10:27:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
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