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Sharks Take BU’s Matthew Nieto In 2nd Round Of NHL Draft

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Matthew Nieto poses for a portrait during the 2010 NHL Research, development and orientation camp at the Mastercard Centre for Hockey Excellence August 17, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/Getty Images)

Matthew Nieto poses for a portrait during the 2010 NHL Research, development and orientation camp at the Mastercard Centre for Hockey Excellence August 17, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/Getty Images)

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks have drafted Boston University forward Matthew Nieto with their second-round pick.

The pick of Nieto on Saturday was San Jose’s first in this year’s draft.

The Sharks had traded their first-round pick to Minnesota in a package for All-Star defenseman Brent Burns.

Nieto grew up in Long Beach, Calif., before leaving for prep school.

He had eight goals and 13 assists as a freshman in college this past season.

He previously had helped the United States win back-to-back gold medals in the Under-18 world championships.

San Jose also took defenseman Justin Sefton in the third round and traded a fourth-round pick to Winnipeg for selections in the fifth and seventh rounds.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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