Son of Paulin QMJHL All-Rookie Team (1992) QMJHL First All-Star Team (1995)
Traded to Nashville by Montreal for future considerations, June 26, 1998. Missed majority of 2000-01 due to abdominal injury vs. Detroit, November 18, 2000. Claimed on waivers by St. Louis from Nashville, March 13, 2001. Claimed by Minnesota from St. Louis in Waiver Draft, September 28, 2001. Traded to Phoenix by Minnesota for David Cullen, January 4, 2002.
Just the feel for the direction they were headed and what they're trying to do, it just felt that this is a really good thing for this organization. They've got the pieces. We can put something together and go on a run or two and be together for a while, and I'm really excited about that opportunity. The team we have here has an opportunity to win, and that's the most attractive thing.
— Washington defenseman Matt Niskanen on why he decided to sign with the Capitals