2012 CQF: Has not yet played ... Playoff Notes: Is looking to play his first NHL playoff game in his 1st NHL season
2011-12 Notes: Spent most of the season in Providence/AHL where he led that team in scoring w/18-30=48 totals in 69 gp ... Recalled once to Boston from 2/20-27 ... Played his 1st NHL game on 2/22 in St. Louis and scored his 1st NHL goal/point on 2/25 in Ottawa
CCHA All-Rookie Team (2008) CCHA First All-Star Team (2009, 2011) NCAA West Second All-American Team (2009, 2011)
Signed as a free agent by Boston, April 7, 2011.
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