Nieto re-signs with Avalanche for two seasons

Forward Matt Nieto has signed a two-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche, the team announced Friday.

A restricted free agent, he signed through the 2019-20 season. Terms were not announced officially, but the Denver Post reported was worth $3.95 million over the two seasons after making $1 million last season.

Nieto, 25, was selected in the second round of the 2011 NHL Draft by the San Jose Sharks. The Avalanche claimed him off waivers in January 2017.

With Colorado in 2017-18, he tallied a career-high 15 goals to go with 11 assists. He recorded his first NHL hat track on Oct. 24.

“Matt brings speed and offensive depth to our lineup,” Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said. “He adds a lot of energy to our team and was a big part of our penalty kill this past season. We’re excited to have him back for the next two years.”

In 338 career games, Nieto has 50 goals and 57 assists with the Sharks and Avalanche.