SAN JOSE- San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has re-signed forward Matt Nieto to a one-year contract.
"Matt brings tremendous speed to our lineup and is someone that opposing teams must be aware of when he is on the ice," said Wilson. "His quickness plays exactly into our team mentality and we feel that he played some of his most effective hockey down the stretch during our playoff run this past season."
Nieto, 23, recorded 17 points (8 goals, 9 assists) and 10 penalty minutes in 67 games with San Jose last season. His two shorthanded goals led San Jose while he skated 1:12 on the penalty kill per game, which ranked fifth amongst Sharks forwards. Nieto added one goal and two assists in 16 playoff games with San Jose last season, while skating 1:02 per game on the penalty kill, which ranked fifth amongst Sharks forwards.
In 205 career NHL games with San Jose, Nieto has collected 68 points (28 goals, 40 assists) and 46 penalty minutes. His 205 games played rank 14th amongst his 2011 draft class, while his 28 goals rank 20th.
The five-foot-eleven, 190-pound native of Long Beach, California, was originally selected by San Jose in the 2011 NHL Draft (2nd round, 47th overall).