Nieves Continues to Leave You Wanting More

During yesterday's 5-1 U.S. win over Canada on the final day of U.S. World Junior Evaluation, Christoval “Boo” Nieves (2012 – 2nd) continued to flash the potential that has Rangers fans excited about his future with the Blueshirts. However, as has been the case the entire camp, he again left you wanting more as explained by Chris Peters at the United States of Hockey

"Like most games, Nieves would flash something really good at one minute and fade away the next. At his size, speed and skill level, he really shouldn’t be one to fade into the background. I like it better when he’s on wing and can focus more on the offensive side, but mostly at center Saturday, there wasn’t a ton that stood out about him. I still believe his potential is off the charts, but he’s got a long way to go to get close to it. If he ever hits it, I think he could be really something."

…at age 19, Nieves is still very young and has plenty of time to learn how to finish his plays and utilize that potential. And once he hopefully does, we could be looking back at that 2012 draft and wonder how in the hell he ended up dropping to the Rangers in the 2nd round (59th overall).

Also in the win, Peters added that Brady Skjei (2012 – 1st) played a simple yet effective game…

"Skjei played such a simple, quiet game, but he was extremely effective in his own end. There wasn’t as much offensive stuff from Skjei today, in terms of moving the puck off the rush and jumping into the offensive zone, which was fine. Canada’s possession abilities at 5-on-5 really dictated a need for steady defense and that’s what Skjei provided, as he has most of the camp."

…we've all hear about Skjei's offensive potential on the blueline, so it's nice to hear he can adapt his game to the circumstances. He's a virtual lock to make this team.

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