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Position
D
 
Jersey
Name  Matt Niskanen
Born  12/6/1986
Height  6-0
Weight  209
Shoots  R
7/1/2014 8:31:00 PM
Description: The Capitals have signed defenseman Matt Niskanen to a seven-year contract.
Insight: With Kris Letang and Paul Martin dealing with injuries for most of the season, the 27-year-old Niskanen stepped up and served as the Penguins top blueliner. He finished with 10 goals and 36 assists in 81 games, all career highs. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to quite reach those numbers again.
 
4/13/2014 8:46:00 PM
Description: Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen will finish with a career-high 46 points (10 goals) in 81 games this season.
Insight: Pittsburgh gave Niskanen the night off Sunday in the regular season finale to rest up for the playoffs. He serve as Pittsburgh's No. 1 defenseman for most of the season with Kris Letang missing a lot of time due to a stroke.
 
3/18/2014 10:23:00 PM
Description: Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen had an assist Tuesday against Dallas, his former team, to hit the 40-point mark for the first time in his career.
Insight: Niskanen has taken over for Kris Letang (out due to a stroke since January) as the Penguins top fantasy blueliner. He has 10 goals, 30 assists, 130 SOG, 45 PIM and a +31 in 68 games.
 
Hot1/22/2014 1:11:00 PM
Description: Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen has six goals and 13 points in his last 14 games.
Insight: Niskanen has held down the fort while teammates Kris Letang, Paul Martin and Brooks Orpik have missed time due to injuries in the past six weeks. His +25 differential is tied for the NHL lead.
 
3/19/2013 10:13:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen had a goal and four SOG Tuesday against Washington.
Insight: Kris Letang missed Tuesday's game with a lower-body injury, giving Niskanen more playing time with Paul Martin on the team's top power-play line. Letang is no lock to play Friday against the Islanders.
 
2/13/2013 5:54:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen (ankle) has been activated from injured reserve.
Insight: Niskanen had three points in five games before suffering an ankle injury. He only offers fantasy value in deep leagues.
 
1/30/2013 6:11:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen will miss 2-4 weeks with a lower-body injury. SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Insight: Niskanen is believed to have a right ankle injury. The blueliner had one goal and three points in five games and was getting a lot of ice time with Kris Letang on one of Pittsburgh's two most-used defensive pairings. The Brooks Orpik-Paul Martin line stayed together Tuesday and Simon Despres stepped into Niskanen's spot next to Letang.
 
1/29/2013 10:53:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen will miss Tuesday's game against the New York Islanders with a lower body injury.
Insight: Niskanen isn't a huge blueline scorer, but did put up 21 points (4 G, 17 A) last season and has a goal and two assist this season playing mostly alongside Kris Letang.
 
4/13/2012 2:20:00 PM
Description: Matt Niskanen is doubtful for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Friday against Philadelphia with an upper body injury.
Insight: Niskanen isn't a huge blueline scorer, but did put up 21 points (4 G, 17 A) this season.
 
2/26/2011 1:33:00 PM
Description: Matt Niskanen will not be fined or suspended for his hit to Eric Staal during Friday's game. TSN
Insight: Staal is expected to miss Saturday's game against Montreal but hopes to be back next week.
 
2/22/2011 11:02:00 AM
Description: Niskanen went to the Penguins on Monday in the deal that also sent James Neal to Pittsburgh.
Insight: Niskanen sports just six assists and a minus-1 rating for the season. (RapidDraft.com)
 

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