Cristoval Nieves

 

Cristoval `Boo` Nieves, LW

Shoots: L

Height: 6-2

Weight: 176

Born: 1994-01-23

Hometown: Baldwinsville, NY

Drafted: 2012 by New York Rangers, 59th Overall

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

 

February 2014 – After he played winger last year, Nieves has moved to center. He was a candidate to play in this year’s US WJC squad, but his performance nixed that chance. Nieves is having a bad statistical season, but hopefully it’s just the sophomore slump. He is still a very good prospect and has all the tools to a be a successful NHL player. Nieves is a big, strong kid, with good playmaking ability, his skating is excellent. His game will translate to the NHL. Jozsef Kurtosi

 

May 2013 – In his first year at University of Michigan Nieves exceeded expectations. He finished the campaign with eight goals and 29 points in 40 games. He still needs time to develop but his combination of size, speed, playmaking ability and defensive awareness makes him a pretty safe bet to be in the NHL somewhere on a team's top three lines. Eric Daoust

 

June 2012 – Projected as a second round pick, Cristoval Nieves could become the first high school player off the board after tallying 11 goals and 39 points in 22 games playing for Kent in the New England Prep hockey circuit.  Nieves is a speedy agile skater that can change his path extremely quickly. As a result of his elite skating abilities, Nieves has an ability to get to areas of the ice before his opponents giving him extra time to scan the ice for his ideal target. More of a playmaker than scorer, Nieves is considered a borderline top-six player at this point and could follow a similar path as speedster Andrew Cogliano. Brendan Ross

 

Fantasy Outlook:   C

 

Boo Nieves' speed is enticing but his hockey sense and patience with the puck has been called into question. His defensive game is strong enough that he could develop into a two-way top-nine forward capable of playing as a complementary player in the top-six.

 

Footage:

 

Boo Nieves showing some nice tough on his goal for Team USA:

 

 

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