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Matthew Nieto | Winger

Team: San Jose Sharks
Age / DOB:  (21) / 11/5/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 190
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Right winger Matt Nieto expects a bigger role with the San Jose Sharks next season.
In 66 games with San Jose last season, the right winger had 14 goals and 10 assists. He recognizes expectations have changed for him. "Yeah, I think next year I want to build off last season. I want to contribute more, I want to bring more to the table," Nieto said. "I'm sure all the rest of the guys in the locker room are saying that, too. What happened last year is unacceptable." The increased role for younger players likely would come at the expense of playing time for veterans such as Joe Thornton or Patrick Marleau, but Nieto doesn't see that as making things awkward in the locker room. "We're a tight group. I think all of us will do whatever it takes to win," Nieto said. "Whatever their roles, whatever the coach wants from them or expects from them I think guys are going to do." Jul 12 - 10:14 AM

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Matthew Nieto scored a goal in San Jose's 6-3 loss to Los Angeles Thursday night at Staples Center.

Nieto now has two goals and five points in four career NHL playoff games. Joe Pavelski and James Sheppard also scored for the Sharks, while Patrick Marleau added two helpers in the loss.
Apr 25 - 3:37 AM

Matthew Nieto found the back of the net in San Jose's 4-3 overtime win on Tuesday.

Nieto has recorded at least a point in each of San Jose's playoff contests thus far. He now has a goal and three assists in three postseason games.
Apr 23 - 10:54 AM

Matthew Nieto had two assists on Sunday in the Sharks 7-2 win over Los Angeles.

Nieto has three helpers in two games as the Sharks are getting scoring from everyone up front. He played 12:09 minutes in Game 2.
Apr 21 - 9:42 AM

Matthew Nieto might be on the Sharks' second line in Game 1 of the first round.

If that's the case, then Nieto will be playing alongside Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture. He had 10 goals and 24 points in 66 games in his rookie campaign.
Apr 17 - 10:39 AM

The Sharks have assigned Matthew Nieto to Ontario of the ECHL to be close to his mother.

She is scheduled to have cancer-related surgery next week and Nieto will rejoin the team afterward.
Apr 12 - 1:11 PM

Matthew Nieto scored a goal in San Jose's 4-3 shootout victory over Columbus.

Nieto is riding a three-game point streak, giving him nine goals and 20 points in 53 contests this season. The 21-year-old rookie obviously hasn't had much fantasy value in 2013-14, but he will be worth keeping an eye on next season now that he's established himself with the Sharks.
Mar 14 - 10:46 AM

One game after being a healthy scratch, Matthew Nieto played on the top line Sunday.

Nieto replaced Brent Burns on the top line alongside Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton and scored the game-winning goal so it's likely he will remain there in the short term. Nieto has seven goals and 16 points this season in 48 games but his fantasy value will rise significantly if he remains with the two Joes.
Mar 3 - 9:46 AM

Matthew Nieto (foot) returned to action on Thursday February 27.

Nieto didn't participate in San Jose's last game before the Olympic break because of the ailment. He had a minus-one rating in 15:30 minutes of ice time in his return.
Feb 28 - 1:45 AM

Matthew Nieto won't play Friday because of an apparent foot injury.

He didn't play in the third and he was seen wearing a walking boot after blocking a shot from Trevor Daley during Wednesday's 2-1 overtime win over Dallas. The rookie forward has six goals and 15 points in 46 games this season.
Feb 6 - 3:46 PM

The only Shark to have any success against the Flyers in a 5-2 loss Monday evening was Matt Nieto.

Nieto now has six goals and nine assists in 45 games this season. Brent Burns snapped his six-game pointless streak with an assist, while Joe Thornton ended his four-game point drought with his 550th assist as a Shark.
Feb 4 - 3:53 AM

Matthew Nieto and Brent Burns switched lines on Saturday.

Nieto found himself on the first line with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski while Burns took over Nieto's spot alongside Patrick Marleau and Tommy Wingels. Nieto has four goals and 13 points in 40 games but has been held off the scoresheet in the last three games after picking up seven points in his previous 10 games.
Jan 27 - 9:14 AM

Matthew Nieto had a goal and an assist on Saturday.

Nieto has two goals and seven points in his last 10 games. That gives the 21-year-old rookie 13 points in 37 contests in 2013-14.
Jan 19 - 11:33 AM

Matthew Nieto found the back of the net in San Jose's 3-0 win on Thursday.

Nieto has stepped up lately with five points in his last nine games. That gives the rookie three goals and 11 points in his last 36 contests.
Jan 17 - 10:13 AM

Matthew Nieto is projected to play alongside Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau on Sunday.

Nieto only has six points in 26 games this season, but the 21-year-old rookie is still worth keeping a close eye on. If he can stay on that line, he might have some fantasy value in standard leagues in the second half of the 2013-14 campaign.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 10:58:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Joe Thornton
2Logan Couture
3Joe Pavelski
4Andrew Desjardins
LW1Patrick Marleau
2Tomas Hertl
3James Sheppard
4Tye McGinn
5Mike Brown
6Raffi Torres
RW1Tommy Wingels
2Tyler Kennedy
3Matthew Nieto
4Adam Burish
5John Scott
D1Brent Burns
2Marc-Edouard Vlasic
3Justin Braun
4Jason Demers
5Matt Irwin
6Scott Hannan
7Mirco Mueller
G1Antti Niemi
2Alex Stalock