Matt Nieto
Matt Nieto
27-Year-Old Left WingLW
Colorado Avalanche
2019 Fantasy Outlook
A decent north-to-south burner with a scoring touch, Nieto's compiled 60 points (26 goals, 34 assists) over 181 games since the Avalanche managed to pluck him off waivers in January 2017. He's generally hit-or-miss in the attacking zone, but the 26-year-old winger assumes key penalty-killing responsibilities, and barring a rash of injuries, Nieto will be hard-pressed to move into the top six at any point this season. The Avalanche gave up two early-round 2020 draft picks to pull Andre Burakovsky from the Capitals, and he's a prime candidate to push Nieto down to the fourth line. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year contract with the Avalanche in July of 2018.
Registers block in win
LWColorado Avalanche
February 12, 2020
Nieto recorded one block in a 3-0 victory over the Senators on Tuesday.
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It was another rather uneventful performance for Nieto, who's had too many of those lately. He has just two goals and no points in the last 16 games. Nieto started so well, though, that he was bound to regress at least a little in the second half. He has eight goals and 20 points with a plus-12 rating in 55 games this season.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    13:11
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:02
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    2:13
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
14:55
0:05
2:17
2018–19
13:46
0:03
2:38
2019–20
13:11
0:02
2:13
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Ends nine-game slump
LWColorado Avalanche
January 20, 2020
Nieto scored the game-winning goal in Monday's 6-3 win over the Red Wings.
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Struggling to score
LWColorado Avalanche
January 17, 2020
Nieto posted zero points with one shot and a plus-1 rating in a 4-0 victory over the Sharks on Thursday.
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Turns in terrific first half
LWColorado Avalanche
January 6, 2020
Nieto has one goal, two assists, a plus-2 rating and 14 shots on net in the last 10 games.
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On career pace
LWColorado Avalanche
December 28, 2019
Nieto put up two assists in Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Stars.
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Finds twine while shorthanded
LWColorado Avalanche
December 23, 2019
Nieto scored a shorthanded goal on three shots and went plus-2 in Monday's 7-3 win over the Golden Knights.
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