Variety is the spice of life and sometimes here at WUYS, we need to mix it up. For today’s Foxy Friday, we delve into the world of college hockey and select Boston University forward Matt Nieto as the newest member of this illustrious club.
Now, I know that you probably have a few questions like “Who the hell is Matt Nieto?” “What qualifies him for this prestigious honor?” “Does he have a mullet in this picture?”
First off, yes, that is a mullet. Yes, we kinda dig it.
His Foxy Friday qualifications are obvious. Not only does he have the eyebrows, which we appreciate, Nieto has also got some serious hockey game, like all the Foxy Fridays who came before him.
The 6ft, 192lb junior forward from the LBC has 28 points in 32 games this season for the Terriers, include a week when he had 7 points in 3 games. Six of those points were goals, including a natural hat trick and Nieto was named Hockey East co-player of the week. In fact, Nieto has been named Hockey East top performer 5 times this season.
As of today, Nieto leads the Terriers in goals (15 G) and is in a 3-way tie for 2nd on the team in points (29). Last season, he averaged a little over a point a game (42 points in 37 games) and had 26 assists.
So essentially what that means is that when Nieto is not on a mission trying to find Mr. Warren G, he’s busy being a boss.
Nieto is foxy because he is a super fun and talented player to watch. He has great speed and in four strides can accelerate past opposing players and get to the net.
He has a “nose for the net” as they say, and if he gets the jump on the defender and gets the puck into the offensive zone, there is a pretty good chance that he is going to finish. He has a great release and is becoming more confident shooting the puck as evidence by his 103 shots on net this season.
As a season ticket holder, I get to watch him play almost every weekend and each time he touches the puck, you get this little flutter in your tummy like you know something really awesome is about to happen .
Like scoring goals while you’re getting hauled down
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Last year, BU lost some key talent who decided to go pro after their junior year and I am wishing and hoping and praying that Nieto doesn’t leave as well.
He very well could wear the “C” for the Terriers next season and has all the makings of a captain. Another year playing at the collegiate level would afford him the opportunity to develop physically as well as developing his skills and leadership, making him all the more ready for the NHL.
Rumor has it that Jonathan Toews is his favorite player. No secret how we feel about JT so we will say this – if Nieto’s game develops into anything remotely close to Captain Serious’, it’s going to be pretty freakin’ awesome.
Watch out, guys. Serious hockey player coming through.
In 2011, Nieto was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the 2nd round (47th overall).
Well played, Sharks. Not only are we super excited that he could become friends with Jumbo and Logan “Rookie of our Lives” Couture but also, because we’re betting that Nieto’s cornhole skills are way better than Patrick Marleau’s…but not better than my brother’s.
It’s been scientifically proven that being named a Foxy Friday brings you good luck.
Tomorrow night happens to be Terriers’ final game of the season.
Follow Matt on twitter at @matt_nietoTags: Matt Nieto, San Jose Sharks