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 helper in win
LWColorado Avalanche
November 9, 2019
Nieto collected an assist and three shots on goal in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Blue Jackets.
Nieto's helper came on the first of two goals scored by Cale Makar in the contest. Nieto has three points in his last two games and nine points through 17 appearances overall this season. The California native managed 23 points (four goals, 19 helpers) in 64 outings last year, but he's picked up the pace a bit in 2019-20, which might earn him some interest in deeper fantasy formats. However, his shooting percentage is at 14.2, compared to a career rate of 9.2 percent -- be wary that his current success seems a bit unsustainable.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Enjoys first two-point night
LWColorado Avalanche
November 7, 2019
Nieto scored a short-handed goal and added an assist in Thursday's 9-4 win over Nashville. He had two shots on goal.
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Opens scoring Wednesday
LWColorado Avalanche
October 30, 2019
Nieto tallied a goal on three shots in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Panthers.
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Second goal in last three games
LWColorado Avalanche
October 18, 2019
Nieto scored a goal on three shots in Friday's 5-4 overtime win over Florida.
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Scores insurance goal
LWColorado Avalanche
October 14, 2019
Nieto tallied a goal on his only shot in Monday's 6-3 win over the Capitals.
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Struggling to score
LWColorado Avalanche
October 11, 2019
Nieto has one assist with a plus-1 rating and two PIM through three games to open the 2019-20 season.
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