2013-14: 4th amongst Sharks forwards in blocked shots (45). Was named a recipient of the PlayStation “Sharks Co-Rookies of the Year” with Tomas Hertl. Recorded 3-2=5 during career-high four-game point streak from March 8-14. Registered a goal and an assist on March 8 vs. Montreal. Scored the gamewinning goal on March 2 at New Jersey. Recorded his first two-goal game on Feb. 3 vs. Philadelphia. Posted three-game assist streak to Jan. 4 at Colorado thru Jan. 7 at Nashville. Recorded two goals and three assists in two games with Worcester. Recalled from Worcester on Dec. 8. Returned to the lineup and tallied an assist on Nov. 2 vs. Phoenix. Missed two games due to injury. Tallied his 2nd career goal on Oct. 17 at Dallas. Added an assist on 10/12 vs. Ottawa. Scored his first NHL goal and added two assists (including his first NHL point) on Oct. 8 vs. the NY Rangers. Made his NHL debut on Oct. 3 vs. Vancouver. Playoffs: Finished the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs T-3rd on the Sharks with fivepoints (2-3=5). Recorded his first career playoff goal in Game 3 at Los Angeles on April 22. Picked up his first career multipoint playoff game (two assists) in Game 2 vs. Los Angeles on April 20. Recorded his first career playoff point (assist) in his NHL playoff debut in Game 1 vs. Los Angeles on April 17.
2012-13: Opened his AHL career with a three-game point streak (1-2=3). Scored his first professional goal on April 4 vs. Bridgeport. Made professional debut with Worcester (AHL) on April 2 vs. Bridgeport and tallied first professional assist. Led Boston University in goals (18, career high) and 2nd in points (37) behind fellow Sharks prospect Danny O’Regan. Finished 2nd in Hockey East in conference goals scored (15) and T-9th in conference points (30). Helped BU reach the Hockey East Championship.
2011-12: Named an Honorable Mention All-Star by Hockey East. Co-recipient of the Friends Albert Sidd Unsung Hero Award. T-27th in NCAA in points, T-25th in assists. 2nd on team in points and plus/minus, T-2nd in goals, 4th in assists. Scored two goals in the Hockey East Semifinal loss to Maine on March 16, his first-career two-goal game. Scored GWG in Hockey East Quarterfinal win over New Hampshire on March 10.
2010-11: 4th amongst Hockey East freshmen in goals. 21 of his points (nine goals and 12 assists) came in the last 27 games. T-3rd on the team in goals and 7th in points. Second youngest player on BU.
2009-10: Won his second U-18 World Championship with the United States. Led his team in goals, points and plus/minus (+20).
2008-09: Won his first U-18 World Championship with the United States. Led his team in NAHL play in points (35) and plus/minus (+26) in 38 games. Totaled another 14 points (six goals) in 13 games of Independent play with the US National Development Team. Other: First California-born player selected by San Jose in the NHL Entry Draft. Played high school hockey at Salisbury Prep (Conn.). Played for the LA Selects.
PERSONAL: “Nietsy” lists these as his favorites: chicken parmesan (food); video games (off-ice activity); boxing (sport other than hockey); Prison Break, Revenge and Friday Night Lights (TV shows); Avicii, Snoop Dogg and Sublime (bands); The Bahamas (vacation spot); Alexander’s Steakhouse (San Jose restaurant). Would be a rapper if he wasn’t playing hockey. Would like to hang out with Albert Einstein if he could spend time with anyone from history. Thinks that Matt Damon would play him in a movie about his life. Names Paul Kariya as his hockey idol and his grandpa as his biggest influence on his career. His favorite hockey moment is winning the World Junior Championships. Thinks that while Joe Thornton is his funniest teammate, Jason Demers THINKS he is the funniest. Thinks that Adam Burish has the best style on the team. Believes that Scott Hannan would make the best coach and the best politician. Names Logan Couture as the best teammate to double date with. Says that Brent Burns is the most likely to over pack for the road.