Matt Nieto
Matt Nieto
26-Year-Old Left WingLW
Colorado Avalanche
2018 Fantasy Outlook
With the Avalanche sending a more competent squad to the rink on a nightly basis in 2017-18, Nieto predictably posted a much better campaign than his 13-point season split between Colorado and San Jose in 2016-17. All told, he compiled a career-high 15 goals on a 17.9 shooting percentage. A plus-6 rating bodes well, but it will be difficult to repeat that conversion rate of shots into goals, and Nieto has never topped 27 points in a season, making it quite possible that he's nearly reached his cap in yearly points. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year contract with the Avalanche in July of 2018.
Records pair of assists
LWColorado Avalanche
February 14, 2019
Nieto had two assists, one shorthanded, in Thursday's 4-1 victory over the Jets.
ANALYSIS
Nieto sprung J.T. Compher for a shorthanded breakaway in the second period, and then sauced a pass to Sven Andrighetto for a third-period insurance tally on a delayed penalty. He has four assists in seven games in February, bringing his season total to 19 points in 54 games. The winger doesn't add much in the way of physicality, so his appeal in many fantasy formats is severely limited.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    13:40
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:04
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:45
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
12:13
0:08
1:26
2016–17
15:56
0:43
1:45
2017–18
14:55
0:05
2:17
2018–19
13:40
0:04
2:45
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Nieto didn't show much growth in his second NHL season despite seeing a modest rise in ice time, as he generally came pretty close to replicating the prior campaign's numbers, but with six more games. A slightly undersized winger who doesn't play a particularly tough game, Nieto profiles best as a third-liner at this point, but his current role remains up in the air -- it could be anywhere from borderline top-six guy to depth forward. It's questionable what Nieto would be able to do even if he did earn top-six minutes, though he won't turn 23 until a month into the season, so he still has room for further development.
Nieto had a solid rookie campaign, delivering 10 goals and 14 assists through 66 games last season. With the team refocusing on the youth on the roster, Nieto will be given a solid shot at an increased role and a top-six position. Nieto's upside isn't as big as Hertl's, but he has proven he has the ability to produce if he finds a consistent home in the team's top six. Watch him in camp and be prepared to scoop him up late.
Nieto is one of the newest prospects for the Sharks, as he was taken with the 47th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. At 5-foot-11, 183 pounds, Nieto is a bit on the smaller side, but his skating proficiency more than makes up for it. Most recently, Nieto played for Boston University, where he tallied 23 points (10 G, 13 A) in 39 games as a freshman in 2010-11.
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Lukewarm showing in first half
LWColorado Avalanche
January 25, 2019
Nieto wrapped up the first half with four goals and 11 assists over 47 games.
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Shuffles into opportunity
LWColorado Avalanche
December 22, 2018
Nieto set up two goals in the Avalanche's 6-4 loss to the Coyotes on Saturday.
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Returning to action Wednesday
LWColorado Avalanche
November 21, 2018
Nieto (lower body) will play against the Kings on Wednesday, NHL.com reports.
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Not playing Sunday
LWColorado Avalanche
Lower Body
November 18, 2018
Nieto (lower body) is out of the lineup against Anaheim on Sunday.
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Out Friday
LWColorado Avalanche
Lower Body
November 16, 2018
Nieto (lower body) won't be in the lineup for Friday's game against the Capitals, Marc Moser of Altitude Sports 950 reports.
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