Pittsburgh Penguins
Washington Capitals
Matt Niskanen
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 0"
BIRTHDATE: 12/06/1986
AGE: 28
DRAFTED: DAL: 2005-28 overall
WCHA First All-Star Team (2007) Traded to Pittsburgh by Dallas with James Neal for Alex Goligoski, February 21, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Washington, July 1, 2014.
Puck-moving defenseman that can play the power play and kill penalties.

Nickname - “Nisky”

Played 4 NHL seasons with Dallas and Pittsburgh.

Broke into NHL as a Star in 2007-08 at 20 years old, leading all rookie defensemen with a plus-22 rating.

Set career highs in assists (29) and points (35) in 2008-09 campaign.

Played in 2008 YoungStars Game at NHL All-Star Weekend.

Originally drafted by Dallas in the 1st round (28th overall) of the 2005 NHL
Entry Draft.

Represented United States in 2009 World Championships and 2006 World Junior Championships.

Played 2 collegiate seasons with Minnesota-Duluth from 2005-07.

Named All-WCHA First Team as sophomore after posting 31 points (9G-22A) in 39 contests (Western Collegiate Hockey Association).

Idolized Penguins owner/Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux as a kid.

First job was a youth hockey referee.

Talented athlete was captain of high school football and basketball teams.

Avid hunter and fisher.

Signed through 2011-12 season.