By now, the NHL is familiar with the name “Matt Niskanen,” but not the name of the defenseman he signed last summer.
He’s not going to be remembered for his NHL record of nine goals and nine assists in 41 games.
The Devils got Niskonen as part of the three-team trade that sent the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings to the Nashville Predators and Boston Bruins.
The former New York Islanders defenseman, a native of Denmark, was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2008 NHL Draft.
He has been a solid defensive presence for the Devils, with a plus-12 rating, nine goals, 24 assists and a minus-3 rating in 53 games.
He is tied for second on the team in goals with 23.
He missed seven games with an upper-body injury in the first round, but has recovered to help the Devils win three straight.
The 22-year-old had 13 goals and 14 assists in his first season with the Devils.
Niskenen was a second-round pick in 2012 by the Nashville team that sent defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka to the Chicago Blue Jackets for forward Matt Calvert and defenseman Ryan O’Reilly.
He was a third-round selection in 2015 by the New York Rangers.
He played two seasons with the Blue Jackets, scoring six goals and 22 points.
In 2018-19, he scored 23 goals and 55 points with the Ottawa Senators and Minnesota Wild.
He spent last season with Ottawa.
The 20-year old is a left-handed shot who played his entire NHL career with the Anaheim Ducks.
He had nine goals in 81 games.
In addition to Niskaen, the Devils have signed defenseman Michael Sgarbossa, center Chris Wagner, and forward Michael Del Zotto.
They also signed defenseman Alexei Emelin, defenseman Andrew MacDonald, center Brian Boyle and goaltender Petr Mrazek.
They signed center Dylan DeMelo and forward Justin Williams.
The team has nine defensemen, three forwards, five defensemen and one goalie.
The New Jersey Devils will begin the season with three games at the Garden on Sunday.
They will play their first game of the year on Oct. 18 against the New Jersey Rangers at 7:30 p.m. and their second game on Oct 18 against Columbus at 9:30 a.m., with both games being televised on MSG Plus.
They are coming off a 4-2 victory over the Ottawa Sens on Saturday.