led the NCAA in goals (35), assists (42) and points (77) in 39 games and was named the recipient of the Hobey Baker Award ... signed a three year entry level contract with Calgary on Apr.11 ... making his NHL debut on Apr.13
USHL All-Rookie Team (2011) USHL Second All-Star Team (2011) USHL Rookie of the Year (2011) Hockey East All-Rookie Team (2012) Hockey East First All-Star Team (2013) Hockey East Player of the Year (2013) NCAA East First All-American Team (2013)
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