Forensics – Matt Niskanen

by Jason Arbuthnot on December 20, 2011
Nisk

 

A look at Matt Niskanen


This week we will open Frozen Pool class with a quick tutorial in definitions.

 

opportunist

op·por·tun·ist/ˌäpərˈt(y)o͞onist/

Noun:  A person who exploits circumstances to gain immediate advantage rather than being guided by principles or plans.

 

I’ll just let that sink in for a moment. Now that we have that squared away, I’ll conveniently segue into my player of interest. This player is the quintessential ride ‘em while he’s hot pick-up.

 

Matt Niskanen


GP

G

A

P

Pace

+/-

PIM

Shots

GW

PPG

PPP

SHG

%PP

%SH

%TOI

32

2

10

12

31

9

27

55

0

2

5

0

32.7

15.8

31.0

 

Labeled as an underachiever and ignored at draft tables since forever, Matt Niskanen never could take his game to the next level after a breakthrough 35 point 2008-2009 season. He quickly regressed into a beautiful disaster in Dallas and rarely showed further glimpses of his first round pedigree. Until now…

 

desperation


des·per·a·tion/ˌdespəˈrāSHən/

Noun:  A state of despair, typically one that results in rash or extreme behavior

 

 

What does a coach do when almost his entire defense corp is hurt? To answer this ponderous question, let’s have analyze it with Frozen Pool mathematics, shall we?

 

formula

 

Does that make sense? Perhaps. Was I a colossal failure in math? Absolutely!

 

Moving along…

 

Pos

Age

NHL

Yrs

Team

GP

G

A

Pts

GW

PPP

PPTOI

%PP

%TOI

Shots

+/-

PIM

D

25

4

PIT

6

1

5

6

0

4

03:17

52.2

35.9

9

1

13

 

With six points in his last six games, Matt Niskanen is turning even more heads with his concurrent four point production on the power play.

 

Even Strength Line Combinations


Freq

Line Combination

26.3%

NISKANEN ,M – ORPIK,B

21.6%

LOVEJOY ,B – NISKANEN,M

19.4%

ENGELLAND ,D – NISKANEN,M

17.6%

MARTIN ,P – NISKANEN,M

15.1%

NISKANEN ,M – PICARD,A

 

Even Strength Line Production


Pnts

%Total

Line Combination

3

42.9%

NISKANEN ,M – ORPIK,B

2

28.6%

ENGELLAND ,D – NISKANEN,M

1

14.3%

LOVEJOY ,B – NISKANEN,M

1

14.3%

NISKANEN ,M – PICARD,A

 

Power Play Line Combinations


Freq

Line Combination

54.7%

MARTIN ,P – NISKANEN,M

31%

NISKANEN,M

4.9%

MICHALEK ,Z – NISKANEN,M

4.9%

LETANG ,K – NISKANEN,M

4.4%

ENGELLAND ,D – NISKANEN,M

 

Power Play Line Production


Pnts

%Total

Line Combination

4

80%

NISKANEN,M

1

20%

LOVEJOY ,B – NISKANEN,M

 

Niskanen is loving life in the top pairing (man did I really say that?) with Brooks Orpik.  In the past three games, he’s been used as the power play quarterback. This situational use shouldn’t be anything new to fantasy owners of when he was in Dallas. He was given the reigns countless times but Robidas eventually ended the party. The difference between then and now you ask? Well this time, he’s actually been effective.

 

What’s even more impressive from a fantasy perspective is that he’s actually the top Yahoo Roto defensemen over the past two weeks too. Think I’m a scumbag liar? Check these numbers out from the Frozen Pool RotoRanker and get back to me.

 

Rank

Player

Pos

Team

G

A

+/-

PPPnts

PIM

Shots

Pos

Score

NHL

Score

1

NISKANEN, MATT

D

PIT

-0.07

4.28

0.83

8.98

3.93

-0.28

8.63

17.67

2

EDLER, ALEXANDER

D

VAN

1.55

1.85

1.58

6.46

0.10

3.61

7.18

15.15

3

LILES, JOHN-MICHAEL

D

TOR

-0.07

3.07

3.85

3.94

1.80

0.83

6.50

13.42

4

DEL ZOTTO, MICHAEL

D

NYR

-0.07

5.50

4.60

1.42

0.10

1.11

6.17

12.66

 

And we’re back! How does that Christmas Crow taste?

 

As always I can be reached at @frozenpool and a free 7 day Frozen Pool trial awaits you if you haven’t already heard!

 

I’ll be away over the holidays but in the mean time, Merry Christmas and enjoy the World Junior Championship!

 

Go Canada