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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