|Assets:||Is very fluid, fast and athletic for a goalie with a 6-2 frame. Shows excellent skating and footwork, with superb lateral movement. Gets into his butterfly easily and recovers well.|
|Flaws:||Goes down too quickly and easily, sometimes leaving himself hung out to dry on both dekes and high shots. Could stand to be a lot more active with his paddle, in general.|
|Career Potential:||Solid goaltender with some upside.|
|OHL||Second All-Star Team||2009-10|
|1/26/2015||Recalled from the Rochester Americans (AHL).|
|12/30/2014||Missed 37 games (knee surgery).|
|12/30/2014||Assigned to the Rochester Americans (AHL).|
|12/29/2014||Placed on waivers by the Buffalo Sabres.|
|10/07/2014||Knee surgery, injured reserve.|
|7/05/2014||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Buffalo Sabres to a one-year contract.|
|6/30/2014||Buffalo Sabres tendered a qualifying offer.|
|4/13/2014||Leg injury, day-to-day.|
|4/13/2014||Missed the last regular season game (leg injury).|
|3/17/2014||Recalled from the Rochester Americans (AHL) on an emergency basis.|
|10/07/2013||Assigned to Rochester (AHL).|
|10/05/2013||Recalled from Rochester (AHL) on an emergency basis.|
|9/23/2013||Assigned to Rochester (AHL).|
|7/21/2013||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Buffalo Sabres to a one-year two-way contract.|
|4/03/2013||Acquired from the Minnesota Wild.|
|4/03/2013||Assigned to Rochester (AHL).|
|3/28/2013||Recalled from Houston (AHL).|
|3/24/2013||Assigned to Houston (AHL).|
|3/08/2013||Recalled from Houston (AHL).|
|9/14/2012||Assigned to Houston (AHL).|
|3/27/2012||Assigned to Houston (AHL).|
|3/23/2012||Recalled from Houston (AHL).|
|3/19/2012||Assigned to Houston (AHL).|
|3/02/2012||Recalled from Houston (AHL).|
|2/25/2012||Assigned to Houston (AHL).|
|2/22/2012||Recalled from Houston (AHL).|
|1/16/2012||Assigned to Houston (AHL).|
|1/12/2012||Recalled from Houston (AHL).|
|12/16/2011||Assigned to Houston (AHL).|
|12/03/2011||Recalled from Houston (AHL).|
|11/25/2011||Assigned to Houston (AHL).|
|11/23/2011||Recalled from Houston (AHL).|
|9/25/2011||Assigned to Houston (AHL).|
|1/15/2011||Assigned to Houston (AHL).|
|1/14/2011||Recalled from Houston (AHL).|
|9/27/2010||Assigned to Houston (AHL).|
|3/16/2010||Signed by the Minnesota Wild to a three-year entry-level contract.|
|9/16/2009||Returned to his junior team (Plymouth-OHL).|
|4/03/2013||Buffalo Sabres traded Jason Pominville and a 4th round selection in 2014 to the Minnesota Wild for Matt Hackett, Johan Larsson, a 1st round selection in 2013 and a 2nd round selection in 2014.|
|6/27/2009||Drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the 3rd round (77th overall) in 2009.|
Matthew Hackett signs qualifying offer | 07/05/2014 1:41 PM
NewsMatthew Hackett has accepted his qualifying offer.
Renaud Lavoie on Twitter
ImpactHis contract in 2014-15 will pay him $750,750 at the NHL level on a one-year, two-way deal, according to Capgeek.com. Hackett's season ended in April when he suffered a knee injury, which required surgery to repair. He'll play in the AHL next year.
Matthew Hackett has surgery on knee | 05/28/2014 6:32 PM
NewsMatthew Hackett has undergone knee surgery.
ImpactHackett suffered the injury during the Sabres' game on April 12th and had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher. He finished the season with a 3.10 GAA and .908 save percentage in eight contests with Buffalo.
Matthew Hackett will probably need surgery | 04/16/2014 7:24 AM
NewsBuffalo GM Tim Murray believes that Matthew Hackett will require surgery on his injured right knee.
ImpactHackett was hurt last Saturday against Boston when defenseman Torey Krug fell on his leg. He was taken off the ice on a stretcher. We'll keep you posted on his status during the Sabres' off-season.
Matthew Hackett's leg injury might be major | 04/13/2014 9:57 AM
NewsMatthew Hackett's leg injury is feared to be serious.
ImpactHackett was taken off the ice on a stretcher in the third period of Saturday's game. "We're going to wrap him up as best as we can, get him back home, get our doctors to look at him, but it doesn't look too good," said Sabres coach Ted Nolan. Buffalo has one game left in its schedule, which Hackett obviously won't participate in. Given that, Hackett will recover over the Sabres' offseason.
Matthew Hackett leaves ice on stretcher | 04/12/2014 4:00 PM
NewsMatthew Hackett was the latest Buffalo netminder to get injured on Saturday.
ImpactHe had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher after Torey Krug fell on his leg in the third period of a 5-1 loss to Boston. Krug collided with Hackett when he was sent flying by Sabres defenseman Jamie McBain. Hackett will be evaluated once the team returns to Buffalo. Buffalo's crease already has injuries to Jhonas Enroth, Michal Neuvirth and Nathan Lieuwen. Connor Knapp entered the game in relief to see the first NHL action of his career.
Hackett to start Saturday afternoon v Boston | 04/12/2014 9:50 AM
NewsMatthew Hackett will start in goal against the Bruins Saturday afternoon.
ImpactHe really is the only choice as all three of the Sabres' other goals, Jhonas Enroth, Michal Neuvirth and Nathan Lieuwen are injured at the moment. That's not much of endorsement.
Matthew Hackett plays well in loss to NYR | 04/10/2014 9:40 PM
NewsMatthew Hackett and the Sabres fell short in a 2-1 loss to the Rangers Thursday.
ImpactHackett turned away 28 of 30 shots in the defeat, but as the last man standing in the Buffalo crease he figures to continue getting playing time the rest of the way. His record is now 1-5-1 while his GAA is 3.02 and his save percentage is .912.
Matt Hackett will play Buffalo's last 3 games | 04/10/2014 9:59 AM
NewsThe Sabres intend to ride Matthew Hackett for their last three games of the regular season.
ImpactJhonas Enroth, Michal Neuvirth and Nathan Lieuwen are all injured, so the news isn't surprising. He has a 1-4-1 record with a .909 save percentage and a 3.20 goals-against average in six appearances with Buffalo this season. Hackett has struggled at the AHL level too this year with a mark of 13-17-2 to go with a 3.07 GAA and an .898 save percentage. He'll get an opportunity to show the organization more in Buffalo's remaining matches, starting with Thursday's game in Madison Square Garden against the Rangers.
Matthew Hackett will start on Thursday | 04/09/2014 1:46 PM
NewsMatthew Hackett will be the Buffalo Sabres' starting goaltender on Thursday.
Sabres.nhl.com on Twitter
ImpactIt will be Hackett's third start in four games. He has a 3.20 GAA and .909 save percentage in six contests this season.
Matt Hackett takes loss, stops 33 of 36 | 04/08/2014 11:37 PM
NewsMatt Hackett put forth a valiant effort Tuesday night, but the Sabres' miserable season continued with a 4-2 loss to the Red Wings.
ImpactThe 24 year old has lost five in a row since posting a strong 35 save victory in his Sabres' debut. Hackett is now 1-4-1 this season with a .909 save percentage and 3.20 goals against average. 2013-14 certainly can't end soon enough for Buffalo and their goaltenders.
Matthew Hackett will start Tuesday night | 04/08/2014 8:08 AM
NewsMatthew Hackett will start Tuesday's match-up against Detroit.
ImpactThe Sabres already had Michal Neuvirth and Jhonas Enroth on the shelf because of lower-body injuries and on Sunday the team lost another goalie when Nathan Lieuwen suffered a concussion. It's unclear who will be available to serve as Hackett's backup.
Matthew Hackett set to play Friday for Sabres | 04/03/2014 5:10 PM
NewsBuffalo coach Ted Nolan intends to start Matthew Hackett on Friday versus Detroit.
ImpactNathan Lieuwen is getting the nod for Thursday's match against St. Louis.
Matt Hackett gives up four goals in loss | 03/29/2014 10:14 PM
NewsMatt Hackett had a rough night in net for the Sabres in their 4-3 overtime loss to the Lightning.
ImpactThe 24-year-old gave up four goals on 33 shots. In four games played this season, he has a 3.28 goals-against average and .908 save percentage. There's no reason to roster him in fantasy leagues.
Matthew Hackett will start v Bolts Saturday | 03/29/2014 11:54 AM
NewsMatthew Hackett will get the start Saturday night against Tampa.
ImpactHe was just awful Thursday night against Nashville allowing four goals on just 15 shots. We can't endorse Hackett in any hockey pool format at the moment.
Matthew Hackett chased from game by Preds | 03/28/2014 12:02 AM
NewsMatthew Hackett played only 20 minutes in Thursday's 6-1 loss to Nashville before he was removed from the contest.
ImpactHackett allowed four goals on 15 shots in the contest before he was mercifully replaced by Nathan Lieuwen for the game's final two stanzas. During his 40 minutes of action, Lieuwen was beaten twice on 19 shots.
Matthew Hackett will start again on Thursday | 03/26/2014 4:10 PM
NewsMatthew Hackett will start in Thursday's game against Nashville.
John Vogl on Twitter
ImpactThat's Hackett's reward for stopping 33 of 35 shots against Montreal on Tuesday. He's with the Sabres because goalies Michal Neuvirth and Jhonas Enroth are sidelined.
Matt Hackett solid, Sabres lose | 03/25/2014 11:53 PM
NewsMatt Hackett made 33 saves but received no offense in a 2-0 loss to Montreal on Tuesday night.
ImpactHackett falls to 1-1 this season with the Sabres, but has been nothing short of fantastic in the Sabres' crease filling in for the injured Michal Neuvirth and Jhonas Enroth. He has made 68 saves on 71 shots in his two games this year.
Sabres will go with Matthew Hackett Tuesday | 03/23/2014 5:41 AM
NewsMatthew Hackett will start Tuesday's game against Montreal, according to interim coach Ted Nolan.
ImpactHe made 35 stops in a 3-1 win over Edmonton on Thursday during his Sabres debut. Hackett appears to be sharing time with Nathan Lieuwen while Michal Neuvirth and Jhonas Enroth are injured.
Hackett shines in his first game as a Sabre | 03/21/2014 3:33 AM
NewsMatthew Hackett stopped 35 of 36 shots in Buffalo's 3-1 win over Edmonton Thursday night.
ImpactHackett was called up on an emergency basis because Jhonas Enroth and Michal Neuvirth are hurt. He played a solid game and could be starting again on Sunday, if Enroth and Neuvirth are still out then.
Matthew Hackett to start for Buffalo Thursday | 03/19/2014 3:48 PM
NewsMatthew Hackett is expected to start on Thursday.
Mike Harrington on Twitter
ImpactHackett has a 3.07 GAA and .898 save percentage in 33 AHL games this season. He was called up on an emergency basis because Jhonas Enroth and Michal Neuvirth are hurt.
Matt Hackett joins Sabres on emergency recall | 03/17/2014 6:12 PM
NewsMatthew Hackett is up with the Buffalo Sabres on an emergency basis.
ImpactThe Sabres have injuries to Jhonas Enroth and Michal Neuvirth to deal with, so Hackett will travel with the team on their road trip. If Neuvirth can't play Tuesday then Hackett may end up backing up Nathan Lieuwen against Calgary.
Matthew Hackett heads back to AHL | 10/08/2013 2:00 PM
NewsMatthew Hackett was returned to the AHL during practice.
ImpactHe was up with the team as an emergency goalie exemption. Ryan Miller looks like he'll be OK to back up Jhonas Enroth on Tuesday night.
Sabres bring up goalie Matthew Hackett | 10/05/2013 1:33 PM
NewsMatthew Hackett is up with the Buffalo Sabres.
ImpactGM Darcy Regier said that Hackett is with the big team on an emergency goalie exemption and doesn't count against the roster. He may get the chance to suit up when the Sabres play against Pittsburgh because Ryan Miller suffered a minor lower-body problem that might keep him out of the lineup Saturday night. "I'm just here to back up tonight, I guess," said Hackett.
Matthew Hackett agrees to terms with Sabres | 07/23/2013 3:20 PM
NewsMatthew Hackett has signed a one-year deal with the Buffalo Sabres.
ImpactHackett recorded a 2.59 GAA and .911 save percentage in 46 AHL contests with the Houston Aeros and Rochester Americans. Buffalo acquired Hackett from the Minnesota Wild in April. Although it seems increasingly unlikely that the Sabres will trade Ryan Miller before the start of the season, if they do, Hackett could serve as Jhonas Enroth's understudy.
Hackett may replace Miller on Buffalo roster | 05/01/2013 9:51 AM
NewsMatthew Hackett could end up sharing time with Jhonas Enroth in Buffalo's crease next season if number one goaltender Ryan Miller is traded.
Impact"I haven't been following," Hackett said of Miller's trade situation. "Whatever happens, happens, but he's a guy that I continue to follow to watch his career." Hackett, who was acquired from Minnesota as part of the Jason Pominville deal, is a fan of Miller's and he may get the opportunity to replace him on the Sabres roster. He has been good in the minors since being acquired by Buffalo, but won't get the start in Wednesday's AHL playoff match versus the Toronto Marlies. Hackett has 13 games of NHL experience and he fared well with the Wild during the 2011-12 campaign.
Buffalo gets goaltender Hackett from Wild | 04/03/2013 3:05 PM
NewsMatthew Hackett has been acquired by the Buffalo Sabres.
Michael Russo on Twitter
ImpactHackett gives the Sabres a young goaltender to provide them with other options in the event that they don't sign Ryan Miller at the end of the 2013-14 campaign. Hackett has a 2.66 GAA and .907 save percentage in 43 AHL games this season.
Matt Hackett crumbles in the third period | 03/29/2013 11:34 PM
NewsMatt Hackett had a rough night in net, as he gave up five goals in the Wild's 5-3 loss to the Stars on Friday.
ImpactOr shall we say rough third period? The Wild dominated the third period with a 14-5 shot advantage, but it was Hackett -- in his first start of the season -- who ultimately cost them the game, giving up three goals. Altogether, he made 28 saves.
Matthew Hackett is likely to start Friday | 03/29/2013 12:10 PM
NewsMatthew Hackett will probably play between the pipes on Friday.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
ImpactThe Wild didn't take netminder Niklas Backstrom with them on their trip to Dallas because they wanted their top goaltender to get some rest. Hackett has a 2.66 GAA and .907 save percentage in 43 AHL games this season.
Wild summon goaltender Matthew Hackett | 03/28/2013 6:30 PM
NewsMatthew Hackett has been called up by the Minnesota Wild.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
ImpactThe Wild will choose Hackett or Darcy Kuemper to start in goal at Dallas on Friday after deciding to give Niklas Backstrom a mini vacation to rest back home
Wild send Matthew Hackett to the minors | 03/25/2013 8:16 AM
NewsThe Minnesota Wild have sent Matthew Hackett to the minors.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
ImpactHackett has not played since being recalled on March 8 so he could use some playing time. Just an FYI.
Wild promote Matthew Hackett | 03/08/2013 12:05 PM
NewsThe Minnesota Wild have summoned Matthew Hackett.
ImpactWith Josh Harding recovering from symptoms related to multiple sclerosis and Darcy Kuemper out with a groin injury, the Wild needed a new backup goaltender. Hackett has been solid in the AHL this season and had a 2.38 GAA and .922 save percentage in 12 games with the Wild in 2011-12.
| 01/19/2013 9:00 PM
NewsMatthew Hackett was called up from the minors on Friday January 18.
|Date||Team||Opp||Decision||MIN||SO||GA||SHA||YTD GAA||YTD SV%||YTD Record||Status|
|Games Played In||12||2011-12 (Min)|
|Losses||6||2 times-last: 2013-14 (Buf)|
|Goal Against Average||2.37*||2011-12 (Min)|
|Save percentage||.922*||2011-12 (Min)|
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