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Top 25 Under 25 #14: Matt Nieto is looking for a breakout season

August 8th, 2017 at 10:58 AM
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Matt Nieto is a 24 year old forward, returning to the Avs this season on a cheap one-year contract. He was originally drafted in 2011 by San Jose, a point-per-game player out of Boston University good for a second round pick. That success rate as a scorer hasn’t translated into his NHL career; with 28 goals and 42 assists over three and a half seasons in San Jose, he was waived this last January and picked up by the Avalanche. At the time, Nieto was suffering from a cold offensive streak, with just 2 assists in 16 games over the course of the season (including some nacho duty). In the 43 games for Colorado that followed, Nieto scored 7 goals and picked up 4 assists. Despite his cold offense, the Avs claimed Nieto to provide some solid depth on a poorly performing PK unit that finished 29th in the league in killed penalty percentage last season.

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