Nieto agreed to a one-year contract extension with the Sharks on Friday, the San Jose Mercury News reports, adding that the deal is worth $735,000. The Sharks reportedly have less than $1 million to spend before reaching the salary cap, but this was a budget signing for a speedy forward with playoff experience. Nieto has recorded 68 points (28 goals, 40 assists) in 205 regular-season games, which doesn't scream fantasy value, though he additionally provides Team Teal with special teams contributions and the occasional clutch play.
Nieto will be in the lineup for Game 2 on Wednesday against the Penguins, Kevin Burz of CSN Bay Area reports. Nieto slots back into the depth chart following an eight-game absence. In an already fast paced series, the winger will be able to increase the tempo on his end of the ice as they look to keep up with the Pens. It appears veteran Dainius Zubrus is the odd man odd with Nieto returning to action.
Nieto (upper body) has been cleared to return to action, but no decision has been made yet on whether or not he slots into the lineup for Wednesday's Game 2 matchup with Pittsburgh, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports. Nieto missed the entire Western Conference Final series against the Blues. While the 23-year-old is certainly no offensive powerhouse, his insertion into the depth chart could help shake up the stagnant bottom-six forwards of the Sharks. If the winger returns to the ice Wednesday, look for Tommy Wingels or Dainius Zubrus to be the odd man out.
Nieto (upper body) said he "absolutely" expects to be available at some point during the Stanley Cup Finals against the Penguins, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports. Nieto, who hasn't played since May 9, reportedly went through a full practice with contact Friday. Until the fleet-footed winger gets the green light to play, Melker Karlsson should continue to occupy a left-wing spot on the third line. With just two teams left in the hunt for the Stanley Cup, fantasy players abound are either celebrating a title of their own or looking ahead to next season. Having totaled 68 points (28 goals, 40 assists) to go along with a minus-24 rating in 205 regular-season games, Nieto would need to improve his all-around game before he'd be able to captivate fantasy owners.
Nieto (upper body) has been ruled out for Saturday's Game 4 against the Blues, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports. Nieto will need to take contact in practice before he'd be considered for game action. Fortunately, his absence Saturday is likely to go unnoticed in the vast majority of fantasy leagues. When healthy, the 23-year-old brings speed to the lineup but he has just one goal and two helpers for his only points through 11 games this postseason. Look for Melker Karlsson to fill the void.
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