The San Jose Sharks have signed Matt Nieto to a three year entry level contract worth $833,000 per year.

Nieto was a second round pick (47th overall) by the Sharks in the 2011 NHL Draft. Nieto played his freshman season at Boston University in 2010-2011, when, in 39 games, he scored 10 goals and added 13 assists for 23 points. Nieto had an excellent sophomore season at Boston University where the speedy winger scored 16 goals along with 26 assists and a solid plus 19 rating in 37 NCAA games. The offensively talented winger played on both specialty teams units, scoring four power play goals, a shorthanded tally and proved he had the makings of a future NHL. This year, his production fell slightly off, posting 37 points in 39, which isn’t nothing to squawk at.

Nieto joined San Jose’s AHL affiliate, Worcester, today after signing the deal. He projects as a 2nd/3rd line power forward in the future, but he does need to add more muscle mass and continue improving his overall game while putting up better offensive numbers. Nonetheless, he should be able to show the Sharks brass that he can handle professional hockey and become an NHLer in the next couple of seasons.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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