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Round 2
Round 3
Stanley Cup Final

Matthew Nieto

North American Skater - Boston University, H-EAST
Final Rank:43Midterm Rank:55
Position:Left WingShoots:Left
Height:5' 10"Weight:175
Born:November 5, 1992Hometown:Long Beach, CA
Born in:Long Beach, CA, USA
Drafted: 2011: SJS (2nd Round / 47th Overall)  San Jose Sharks
• In 2010-11, his freshman year at Boston University, Nieto recorded 21 points (8-13--21) in 36 games – he played alongside fellow draft prospect Adam Clendening (No. 45 ranked).

• Nieto won back-to-back gold medals with Team USA at the Under-18 World Championship (2009 and 2010) and participated in the evaluation camp for the 2011 World Junior Championships. In 2009, he was the youngest member to make the World Championship team, making the jump to the Under-18 team alongside Jason Zucker (59th overall by Minnesota in 2010) -- both were leading scorers for the Under-17 team and played youth hockey in Los Angeles.

• He played his minor hockey in California until the age of 14 when he decided to go to Salisbury School in Connecticut for a year and then on to the U.S. National Team Development Program in Michigan.

• He got his start in roller hockey at three years old at the local YMCA alongside 2010 Anaheim draft selection Emerson Etem (29th overall) and fellow draft prospect Rocco Grimaldi (No. 33 ranked).

• Nieto’s childhood hockey idol was Paul Kariya because he was playing for the Anaheim Ducks and his favorite piece of sports memorabilia is a puck signed by Kariya.

FAVORITES

NHL team: Los Angeles Kings
NHL player: Jonathan Toews
Shootout move: “Fake shot five-hole or low blocker”
Goal celebration: “Just raise the arms”
Video game: Call of Duty
Movie: Superbad
TV show: Gossip Girl
Actor: Seth Rogen
Music artist: Snoop Dogg
Website: Facebook.com
Book: “Fighting with Fire” by Alex Bell
Pump-up song: “What’s My Name” by Snoop Dogg
Home-cooked meal: Chicken parmesan
Activity away from the rink: Tennis

STATISTICS

SEASONTEAMLEAGUEGPGAPPIM
2008-2009USA U-17USHL5120335322
2008-2009USA U-18USHL4145
2009-2010USA U-18USHL2415142919
2010-2011BOSTON UNIVERSITYH-EAST368132116




I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round