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Matt Niskanen
Matt Niskanen
Defenseman
(NIHS-kah-nehn, MAT)
Number: 5
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 200
Shoots: Right
Born: Dec 6, 1986  (Age 29)
Birthplace: Virginia, MN, United States
Drafted: DAL / 2005 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (28th overall)
Matt Niskanen enters his fourth NHL season, all with Dallas…Played on the 2008 Western Conference YoungStars team on Jan. 26 at the NHL All-Star Weekend in Atlanta…Ranked first among NHL rookie defensemen in plus/minus (+22) in 2007-08…Led all Dallas defensemen in scoring (6-29-35) and ranked seventh overall in 2008-09…Dressed in over 73 games in each of the past three seasons…Skated in 232 NHL games, collecting 16 goals and 60 assists…Has appeared in 16 playoff games for Dallas, recording three assists...Was Dallas’ first-round selection (28th overall) at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

A solid athlete, also captained his high school football and baseball teams… A fan of the Minnesota Twins (big fan of Kent Hrbek growing up)… Lists Dumb and Dumber as his favorite movie… Brooks and Dunn are his favorite musical artist… Likes to hunt and fish…Looked up to Mario Lemieux as a young hockey player… His first job was as a youth hockey referee… Lists St. Paul as his favorite NHL city… Says shore lunch walleye is his favorite meal… His most memorable moments in hockey were making the Minnesota State Hockey Tournament and also his first NHL game.





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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 8 5 7 7 12
J. Spezza 8 4 5 0 9
C. Eakin 8 0 7 3 7
A. Goligoski 8 3 2 -3 5
P. Eaves 7 2 3 3 5
P. Sharp 8 3 1 2 4
R. Faksa 8 2 2 2 4
J. Klingberg 8 1 3 -2 4
A. Hemsky 8 1 3 2 4
M. Janmark 7 1 3 0 4
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 4 1 0 .906 2.45
A. Niemi 1 2 2 .892 2.73
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