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Position defenceman
Shoots Right
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
190 lb (86 kg)
NHL Team Dallas Stars
Nationality Flag of the United States American
Born December 6 1986 (1986-12-06) (age 23),
Virginia, MN, USA
NHL Draft 28th overall, 2005
Dallas Stars
Pro Career 2007 – present

Matt Niskanen (born December 6, 1986 in Virginia, Minnesota) is an American professional ice hockey defenceman. He was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the first round, 28th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Niskanen attended the University of Minnesota Duluth. In 2005–06, his freshman season on the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs hockey team, he recorded 14 points in 38 games. Before that, Niskanen played for the Virginia/Mountain Iron-Buhl boy's hockey team and helped bring the Blue Devils to their first state high school tournament appearance. During 2006–2007, his sophomore season on the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs hockey team, he recorded nine goals, twenty-two assists in thirty-nine games.

Niskanen was named to the 2006–2007 All WCHA first all star team, and the All WCHA academic team.

Niskanen decided to leave college and turn pro after his sophomore season at UMD. On March 19th, 2007 he signed an Amateur tryout contract with the Iowa Stars for the rest of the season; he later signed a three-year NHL contract with the Dallas Stars which began in 2007–08. He subsequently made the Stars' 2007–08 roster out of training camp.

NHL career

Niskanen made his NHL regular season debut against the Colorado Avalanche on October 3, 2007. He recorded his first NHL points against the Boston Bruins two nights later with two assists. His first NHL goal came on October 29, 2007 against the San Jose Sharks. Niskanen had an excellent rookie start with the Stars, leading the team in plus/minus at mid-season, which resulted in his being invited to the Young Stars game during the 2008 NHL All-Star weekend.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Minnesota Duluth WCHA 38 1 13 14 40
2006–07 Minnesota Duluth WCHA 39 9 22 31 42
2006–07 Iowa Stars AHL 13 0 3 3 6 12 2 5 7 10
2007–08 Dallas Stars NHL 78 7 19 26 36 9 0 3 3 4
2008–09 Dallas Stars NHL 80 6 29 35 52
NHL totals 158 13 48 61 88 9 0 3 3 4
AHL totals 13 0 3 3 6 12 2 5 7 10
WCHA totals 77 10 35 45 82

Statistics as of the end of the 2008–09 season

External links

  • Matt Niskanen's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
Preceded by
Mark Fistric
Dallas Stars first round draft pick
2005
Succeeded by
Ivan Vishnevskiy
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