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MATT NISKANEN  USA
a.k.a. "Matthew Niskanen"

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BIRTHYEAR 1986-12-06 BIRTHPLACEVirginia, MN, USA
AGE 29 NATION USA
POSITION D SHOOTS R
HEIGHT 183 cm / 6'0" WEIGHT 91 kg / 201 lbs
CONTRACT 20/21
NHL DRAFT 2005 round 1 #28 overall by Dallas Stars
CAP HIT $5,750,000



CAREER STATISTICS Use/Embed statistics RSS feed
 SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A TP PIM +/-      POST GP G A TP PIM +/- 
 2003-04 Virginia/Mountain Iron-Buhl High USHS - 24 3761- |            
 2004-05 Virginia/Mountain Iron-Buhl High USHS 29 27 386534 |            
 2005-06 Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth NCAA 38 1 131440 -10 |            
  USA U20 WJC-20 7 0 006 0 |            
 2006-07 Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth NCAA 39 9 223142 -16 |            
  Iowa Stars AHL 13 0 336 -4 | Playoffs 12 2 5710 -7 
 2007-08 Dallas Stars NHL 78 7 192636 22 | Playoffs 16 0 3310 -2 
 2008-09 Dallas Stars NHL 80 6 293552 -11 |            
  USA WC 9 1 232 2 |            
 2009-10 Dallas Stars NHL 74 3 121518 -15 |            
 2010-11 Dallas Stars NHL 45 0 6630 -1 |            
  Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 18 1 3420 -2 | Playoffs 7 0 110 -3 
 2011-12 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 75 4 172147 9 | Playoffs 4 1 236
 2012-13 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 40 4 101412 4 | Playoffs 15 0 2211 -4 
 2013-14 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 81 10 364651 33 | Playoffs 13 2 798 -2 
 2014-15 Washington Capitals NHL 82 4 273147 7 | Playoffs 14 0 440 -2 
 2015-16 Washington Capitals NHL 82 5 273238 10 | Playoffs 12 0 336
 2016-17 Washington Capitals NHL - - --- |            
  USA WCup - - --- |            


CAREER TOTALS
  GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/-    GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/- 
  Regular Season   Postseason
  AHL: 13 0 3 3 0.23 -4  | 12 2 5 7 0.58 10  -7 
  NCAA: 77 10 35 45 0.58 82  -26  |    
  NHL: 655 44 186 230 0.35 351  56  | 81 3 22 25 0.31 41  -8 
  USHS: 29 51 75 126 4.34 34  |    
  WC: 9 1 2 3 0.33 |    
  WCup: 0 0 0 0 - |    
  WJC-20: 7 0 0 0 0.00 |    



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
SEASON AWARDS BY SEASON
2006-2007 NCAA (WCHA) First All-Star Team
2007-2008 NHL YoungStars Roster
 AWARDS BY LEAGUE
- NCAA (WCHA) First All-Star Team 06/07
- NHL YoungStars Roster 07/08



TRANSACTIONS
DATE STATUS FROM TO SOURCE  
2014-07-01 Confirmed Pittsburgh Penguins Washington Capitals 7 years 
2012-06-30 Extension Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 2 years 
2011-02-21 Confirmed Dallas Stars Pittsburgh Penguins Traded 
2010-09-17 Extension Dallas Stars Dallas Stars (2 years) 


PLAYER BIOGRAPHY AND TRIVIA
 
 
 
Cult/Star player for Iowa Stars
Cult/Star player for Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth
 
Career transactions
- 2011-01-21 • Traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins w/ James Neal for Alex Goligoski
- 2010-09-16 • Re-signed to a two-year contract by the Dallas Stars
- 2007-03-19 • Signed to a three-year entry-level contract by the Dallas Stars