ECAC First All-Star Team (1998) ECAC - Player of the Year (1998) NCAA East First All-American Team (1998) AHL First All-Star Team (2003)
Rights traded to NY Islanders by Philadelphia for NY Islanders' 6th round choice (later traded to Montreal Montreal selected Scott Selig) in 2000 Entry Draft, August 25, 1998. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, July 12, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, July 7, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Kazan (Russia), September 11, 2005.
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