CAREER: In the 2nd season of a 4-year contract...2008 Stanley Cup champion...2007 WJC gold medalist with Canada...2007 WHL champion...2007 CHL Memorial Cup All-Star Team...2006 WHL First All-Star Team.
2013-14: Scored 2 of DET's 3 SHGs...Finished 7th on the team in goals (12) and was T4th with 3 GWG...Notched 1st career hat trick in a 4-2 win, 3/29 at TOR...Recorded a 3-game goal streak, 11/21-11/24, and matched his personal-best 3-game point streak from 3/27-3/30...Scored 2 goals, including the GWG, on 11/29 at NYI...Tallied the GWG in his season debut, 11/2 at EDM.
OTHER: Recorded 167 points (76-91-167) in 201 WHL games with the Medicine Hat Tigers from 2004-07...Played more NHL playoff games (41) than regular season games (23) in his first 2 professional seasons.
WHL East First All-Star Team (2006) WHL East Second All-Star Team (2007) Memorial Cup All-Star Team (2007)
Missed majority of 2012-13 due to recurring back injury.
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