San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson announced today that the team has re-signed forward Matt Nieto to a one-year contract.
“Matt brings tremendous speed to our lineup and is someone that opposing teams must be aware of when he is on the ice,” Wilson told the media. “His quickness plays exactly into our team mentality and we feel that he played some of his most effective hockey down the stretch during our playoff run this past season.”
The 23-year-old has recorded 17 points (8 goals, 9 assists) and 10 penalty minutes in 67 games with the Sharks last season. His two short-handed goals led San Jose while he skated 1:12 on the penalty kill per game, ranking fifth amongst Sharks forwards. Nieto also added one goal and two assists in 16 playoff games with San Jose last season, while skating 1:02 per game on the penalty kill, ranking fifth amongst Sharks forwards.
Nieto has collected 68 points (28 goals, 40 assists) and 46 penalty minutes in 205 career NHL games with the Sharks. His 205 games played rank 14th amongst his 2011 draft class, while his 28 goals rank 20th.
The 5-11, 190-pound native of Long Beach, California, was originally selected by San Jose in the 2011 NHL Draft (2nd round, 47th overall).