Boston University junior forward has given up his last year of eligibility to sign a contract with the San Jose Sharks, according to the Boston Hockey Blog.. Nieto was a second round pick(47th overall) by the Sharks in the 2011 NHL Draft.
Nieto, who originally hails from southern California, was a standout forward at the NTDP program before heading off to Boston University, where he scored over 20 points in each of his three seasons with the Terriers. He was second in team scoring this season, behind fellow Sharks' pick Danny O'Regan, with a scoring line of 18-19-37. That was just a step behind his career high sophomore season of 16-26-42, but still an excellent season, and one that drew the attention of the brass in San Jose.
It's not a huge surprise to see a high draft pick sign after three years of college hockey, but it's still a tough hit for the Terriers and new head coach David Quinn as they head into their first season in 40 years without Jack Parker behind the bench.