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Matt Niskanen

\NIHS-kah-nehn\

Position: D ▪ Shoots: Right
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 209 lbs. (95 kg)

Born: December 6, 1986 in Virginia, Minnesota
Draft: Dallas, 1st round (28th overall), 2005 NHL Entry
Amateur Teams: Minnesota-Duluth
Current salary: $5,750,000
Current cap hit: $5,750,000



NHL Regular Season

Scoring Goals Assists Shots Ice Time
Season Age Tm Lg GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW EV PP SH S S% TSA TOI ATOI FOwin FOloss FO% HIT BLK TK GV Awards
2007-08 21 DAL NHL 78 7 19 26 22 36 5 2 0 0 13 6 0 99 7.1 187 1598 20:30 0 0 47 62 27 57 Calder-8
2008-09 22 DAL NHL 80 6 29 35 -11 52 4 2 0 0 21 8 0 111 5.4 251 1598 19:58 0 0 87 64 25 49
2009-10 23 DAL NHL 74 3 12 15 -15 18 3 0 0 2 6 6 0 110 2.7 261 1351 18:16 0 0 113 70 21 36
2010-11 24 TOT NHL 63 1 9 10 -3 50 1 0 0 0 4 5 0 77 1.3 190 1041 16:32 0 0 122 66 7 16
2010-11 24 DAL NHL 45 0 6 6 -1 30 0 0 0 0 2 4 0 51 0.0 137 708 15:44 0 0 97 51 4 12
2010-11 24 PIT NHL 18 1 3 4 -2 20 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 26 3.8 53 333 18:31 0 0 25 15 3 4
2011-12 25 PIT NHL 75 4 17 21 9 47 1 3 0 0 12 5 0 118 3.4 270 1345 17:56 0 0 105 69 13 20
2012-13 26 PIT NHL 40 4 10 14 4 12 4 0 0 2 8 2 0 67 6.0 153 814 20:21 0 0 49 47 15 17
2013-14 27 PIT NHL 81 10 36 46 33 51 7 3 0 6 24 12 0 162 6.2 354 1725 21:18 0 0 124 76 19 49 AS-10,Norris-11
2014-15 28 WSH NHL 82 4 27 31 7 47 2 2 0 0 18 8 1 117 3.4 285 1833 22:21 0 0 143 106 34 76
4 yrs DAL NHL 277 16 66 82 -5 136 12 4 0 2 42 24 0 371 4.3 836 5256 18:58 0 0 344 247 77 154
4 yrs PIT NHL 214 19 66 85 44 130 13 6 0 8 46 20 0 373 5.1 830 4218 19:43 0 0 303 207 50 90
1 yr WSH NHL 82 4 27 31 7 47 2 2 0 0 18 8 1 117 3.4 285 1833 22:21 0 0 143 106 34 76
Career NHL 573 39 159 198 46 313 27 12 0 10 106 52 1 861 4.5 1951 11306 19:44 0 0 790 560 161 320

NHL Possession Metrics

Corsi (EV) Fenwick (EV) PDO (EV) Zone Starts (EV)
Season Age Team Lg GP TOI CF CA CF% CF% rel FF FA FF% FF% rel oiSH% oiSV% PDO oZS% dZS%
2007-08 21 Dallas Stars NHL 78 1241.5 1046 966 52.0 -1.6 788 782 50.2 -2.6 10.9 91.9 102.9 57.0 43.0
2008-09 22 Dallas Stars NHL 80 1229.5 1099 1012 52.1 1.2 850 778 52.2 0.9 10.3 87.5 97.8 56.6 43.4
2009-10 23 Dallas Stars NHL 74 1092.7 1007 913 52.4 3.4 760 698 52.1 2.7 5.8 91.7 97.5 56.3 43.7
2010-11 24 2 Teams NHL 63 792 750 51.4 2.7 575 561 50.6 1.6 6.7 93.9 100.6 55.1 44.9
2010-11 24 Dallas Stars NHL 45 595.8 538 515 51.1 5.6 392 381 50.7 4.2 7.6 93.4 101.0 55.2 44.8
2010-11 24 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 18 295.3 254 235 51.9 -5.0 183 180 50.4 -5.6 4.8 94.8 99.6 54.8 45.2
2011-12 25 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 75 1131.6 1210 895 57.5 3.1 881 683 56.3 0.8 8.5 91.4 99.9 58.1 41.9
2012-13 26 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 40 680.5 682 642 51.5 4.2 511 472 52.0 3.8 7.9 93.2 101.1 49.5 50.5
2013-14 27 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 81 1402.3 1339 1163 53.5 6.9 989 869 53.2 5.8 10.1 93.3 103.3 50.1 49.9
2014-15 28 Washington Capitals NHL 82 1533.5 1413 1300 52.1 1.2 1013 935 52.0 0.8 8.3 92.7 101.0 51.4 48.6
4 yrs NHL 78 4159.5 3690 3406 52.0 2.0 2790 2639 51.4 1.1 8.9 90.8 99.7 56.4 43.6
4 yrs NHL 40 3509.7 3485 2935 54.3 3.8 2564 2204 53.8 2.5 8.7 92.8 101.5 52.9 47.1
Career NHL 82 9202.6 9380 8391 52.8 2.5 6942 6339 52.3 1.6 8.6 92.0 100.6 54.2 45.8

NHL Miscellaneous

Per Game Adjusted Plus/Minus Point Shares
Season Age Tm Lg GP GC G A PTS GC PIM S G A PTS GC TGF PGF TGA PGA +/- OPS DPS PS Awards
2007-08 21 DAL NHL 78 9 0.09 0.24 0.33 0.11 0.46 1.27 8 20 28 10 80 12 57 11 22 1.8 5.4 7.2 Calder-8
2008-09 22 DAL NHL 80 11 0.08 0.36 0.44 0.14 0.65 1.39 6 29 35 11 78 18 90 19 -11 2.3 2.5 4.8
2009-10 23 DAL NHL 74 5 0.04 0.16 0.20 0.07 0.24 1.49 3 13 16 5 49 18 49 3 -15 0.3 1.3 1.7
2010-11 24 TOT NHL 63 3 0.02 0.14 0.16 0.05 0.79 1.22 1 9 10 3 35 9 30 1 -3 0.0 2.0 2.0
2010-11 24 DAL NHL 45 2 0.00 0.13 0.13 0.04 0.67 1.13 0 6 6 2 28 8 21 0 -1 -0.2 1.4 1.2
2010-11 24 PIT NHL 18 1 0.06 0.17 0.22 0.08 1.11 1.44 1 3 4 1 7 1 9 1 -2 0.2 0.6 0.8
2011-12 25 PIT NHL 75 7 0.05 0.23 0.28 0.09 0.63 1.57 5 19 24 8 71 17 50 5 9 1.2 2.9 4.1
2012-13 26 PIT NHL 40 5 0.10 0.25 0.35 0.12 0.30 1.68 8 19 27 10 33 4 30 5 4 1.0 1.5 2.5
2013-14 27 PIT NHL 81 15 0.12 0.44 0.57 0.18 0.63 2.00 11 39 50 17 107 33 46 5 33 4.1 7.0 11.1 AS-10,Norris-11
2014-15 28 WSH NHL 82 9 0.05 0.33 0.38 0.11 0.57 1.43 5 29 34 11 73 15 66 15 7 1.6 4.4 6.0
4 yrs DAL NHL 277 26 0.06 0.24 0.30 0.09 0.49 1.34 17 68 85 28 235 56 217 33 -5 4.3 10.5 14.9
4 yrs PIT NHL 214 28 0.09 0.31 0.40 0.13 0.61 1.74 25 80 105 35 218 55 135 16 44 6.5 11.9 18.4
1 yr WSH NHL 82 9 0.05 0.33 0.38 0.11 0.57 1.43 5 29 34 11 73 15 66 15 7 1.6 4.4 6.0
Career NHL 573 63 0.07 0.28 0.35 0.11 0.55 1.50 47 177 224 74 526 126 418 64 46 12.5 26.8 39.2

NHL Playoffs

Scoring Goals Shots Ice Time
Season Age Tm Lg GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW S S% TSA TOI ATOI FOwin FOloss FO% HIT BLK TK GV
2007-08 21 DAL NHL 16 0 3 3 -2 10 0 0 0 0 17 0.0 32 262 16:23 0 0 11 13 3 16
2010-11 24 PIT NHL 7 0 1 1 -3 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.0 10 91 12:59 0 0 7 4 1 1
2011-12 25 PIT NHL 4 1 2 3 2 6 0 1 0 0 8 12.5 17 74 18:31 0 0 5 8 0 1
2012-13 26 PIT NHL 15 0 2 2 -4 11 0 0 0 0 17 0.0 40 284 18:55 0 0 16 15 2 8
2013-14 27 PIT NHL 13 2 7 9 -2 8 0 2 0 0 24 8.3 70 259 19:54 0 0 29 7 2 6
2014-15 28 WSH NHL 14 0 4 4 -2 0 0 0 0 0 22 0.0 56 333 23:47 0 0 35 27 9 24
Career NHL 69 3 19 22 -11 35 0 3 0 0 93 3.2 225 1302 18:53 0 0 103 74 17 56

NHL Playoffs Possession Metrics

Corsi (EV) Fenwick (EV) PDO (EV) Zone Starts (EV)
Season Age Team Lg GP TOI CF CA CF% CF% rel FF FA FF% FF% rel oiSH% oiSV% PDO oZS% dZS%
2007-08 21 Dallas Stars NHL 16 212.5 163 162 50.2 -3.0 123 125 49.6 -3.5 7.9 90.0 97.9 61.0 39.0
2010-11 24 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 7 78.9 88 72 55.0 -6.7 55 54 50.5 -9.7 7.5 86.8 94.3 81.6 18.4
2011-12 25 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 4 59.3 73 42 63.5 14.5 55 28 66.3 13.1 10.3 94.7 105.0 54.2 45.8
2012-13 26 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 15 257.2 253 240 51.3 6.1 181 172 51.3 3.3 6.0 91.1 97.1 53.2 46.8
2013-14 27 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 13 207.8 197 164 54.6 -1.8 140 126 52.6 -4.4 9.8 87.8 97.6 60.4 39.6
2014-15 28 Washington Capitals NHL 14 289.6 281 294 48.9 -5.1 204 209 49.4 -5.4 6.9 91.3 98.2 49.7 50.3
4 yrs NHL 7 603.2 611 518 54.1 1.0 431 380 53.1 -1.0 8.0 89.7 97.6 59.6 40.4
Career NHL 16 1105.4 1055 974 52.0 -1.3 758 714 51.5 -2.6 7.7 90.2 97.9 56.6 43.4

Other Regular Season

Scoring Goals Shots Ice Time
Season Age Team Lg GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW S S% TOI ATOI Awards
2004-05 18 Virginia Blue Devils High-MN 29 27 38 65 34
2005-06 19 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 38 1 13 14 40 1 0 0 0
2005-06 19 United States WJC-A 7 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0
2006-07 20 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 39 9 22 31 42 2 7 0 1
2006-07 20 Iowa Stars AHL 13 0 3 3 -4 6 0 0 0 0 13 0.0
2008-09 22 United States WC-A 9 1 2 3 2 2 0 1 0 0
Career 1 Season AHL 13 0 3 3 -4 6 0 0 0 0 13 0.0
Career 1 Season High-MN 29 27 38 65 34
Career 1 Season WC-A 9 1 2 3 2 2 0 1 0 0
Career 2 Seasons WCHA 77 10 35 45 82 3 7 0 1
Career 1 Season WJC-A 7 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0

Other Playoffs

Scoring Goals Shots Ice Time
Season Age Team Lg GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW S S% TOI ATOI
2006-07 20 Iowa Stars AHL 12 2 5 7 -7 10 0 1 1 0 17 11.8
Career 1 Season AHL 12 2 5 7 -7 10 0 1 1 0 17 11.8

Similarity Scores

Explanation ▪ Players with careers of similar quality and shape (thru 2014-15)
Thru 8 Years Adjusted Point Shares (Best to Worst)
Player 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Matt Niskanen 11.1 7.2 6.0 4.8 4.1 2.5 2.0 1.7
Noel Picard 93.4 7.2 4.4 4.3 2.3 1.4
Pat Egan 91.7 5.8 4.4 3.6 1.5 1.4
Don Sweeney 88.8 7.7 4.5 3.8 3.3 2.0
Bill MacKenzie 87.6 4.6 3.5 1.9 1.8 1.0
Ian White 87.2 8.0 4.9 4.2 3.1 1.1
Jack Stewart 86.5 4.9 4.0 3.3 1.9 1.4
Jan Hejda 86.5 6.1 5.4 3.6 1.9 1.9
Lyle Odelein 86.3 7.2 5.5 4.5 2.3 0.4
Des Smith 86.2 5.3 5.0 3.5 1.6 1.3
Mike Christie 86.0 7.7 4.6 2.7 1.9 1.3
Career Adjusted Point Shares (Best to Worst)
Player 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Matt Niskanen 11.1 7.2 6.0 4.8 4.1 2.5 2.0 1.7
Sheldon Kannegiesser 87.1 7.7 5.1 4.6 1.7 1.6 1.2 0.4 0.3
Richard Mulhern 87.0 7.4 6.2 4.5 2.0 0.5 0.2
Des Smith 86.2 5.3 5.0 3.5 1.6 1.3
Andre Dore 85.7 6.5 4.9 4.0 1.1 0.6 0.0 0.0
Bill Nyrop 85.3 7.4 5.5 3.4 2.1
Michael Thelven 83.2 5.7 4.7 4.0 2.8 0.6
Rodger Smith 82.5 6.1 3.4 3.1 2.3 0.5 -0.4
Clare Martin 81.9 5.1 4.3 4.1 1.1 0.9 0.9
Andy Greene 81.8 8.0 7.7 5.5 4.8 4.4 3.6 2.9 2.0 1.2
Robert Palmer 81.1 7.0 5.7 3.0 1.7 1.2 0.9 0.3

Appearances on Leaderboards, Awards, and Honors

Transactions

Transaction information may be incomplete.

February 21, 2011: Traded to Pittsburgh by Dallas with James Neal for Alex Goligoski, February 21, 2011.

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