Matt Nieto has found a home with the Colorado Avalanche, but he will always have a connection in San Jose Sharks history.
He became the Sharks' first-ever California-born player drafted by the franchise after the team used its first selection on him (No. 47 overall, second round) in 2011.
The Long Beach native played his first 221 games in the league with San Jose and remains a popular player with the Bay Area media whenever the Sharks visit Denver or the Avs travel to San Jose.
Nieto helped the NHL's Northern California club in two playoff campaigns, including the team's Stanley Cup Final run in 2016, but he is now tasked with trying to eliminate his former teammates in the second round of the 2019 postseason.