2011 NHL Draft Results, Second Round: Matthew Nieto Picked By San Jose Sharks

The first day of the 2011 NHL Draft saw the Sharks make a big splash when they traded away Devin Setoguchi mere days after signing him to a contract extension. Although it hurt their wing depth, the move allowed them to drastically improve their defensive depth by adding Brent Burns.

Now that day two of the NHL Draft is here, the Sharks quickly set to work adding back some depth at the wing position by drafting Boston University left winger Matthew Nieto with the 47th pick overall in the second round. Nieto just completed his freshman season at BU with ten goals and 13 assists and appearing in all 39 games for the Terriers. ESPN's scouts describe Nietto as a great skater who can be a play-maker but lacks strength and consistency.

Nieto grew up in Long Beach, California where he got his hockey start playing roller hockey as a kid. As he's grown up he's played for Team USA in the Under-18 World Championships (2009 and 2010) and was in the evaluation camp for the 2011 World Junior Championships. He played his minor hockey in California before heading to Connecticut for a year of school and then the US National Team Development Program in Michigan.

Here are a couple quick YouTube videos of goals he scored against Boston College. For more in-depth discussion on Nietto and the Sharks 2011 NHL Draft class, head over to Fear The Fin:

 

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