The U.S. World Junior Team dropped to 1-4 during international play at evaluation camp this week after losing to Sweden 4-0 yesterday.
During those games, both Rangers prospects Brady Skjei (2012 – 1st) and Christoval “Boo” Nieves (2012 – 2nd) have been uneven with their play and according to Chris Peters at the United States of Hockey lacked finish…
Brady Skjei — D — Skjei was a bit less consistent today, but I’ve noticed a difference in his game from last year. He had a few turnovers today, which will need to be cleaned up, but last year, Skjei was turning the puckover because he was so hesitant in his decisions. He’s making this choices quicker, but lacks the finish at this point to make them count. It’s something that should only continue to improve. His skating whether it be up ice or in recovery is such an important quality and he’s making the most of that at least.
Boo Nieves — F — Nieves is another guy that just lacks that little bit of finish that would make him a more deadly player. He showed great skill and speed at times, but it just didn’t result in enough. When it came time to shoot or dish the puck, he really ran out of options. I think there’s a lot more development ahead for him and if he ever puts it all together, he could be extremely productive.
…both players are still young and obviously need some polish to their games. Experiences such as this camp and hopefully playing in the World Junior Championships will go a long way towards developing these two into NHL caliber players. The skill is there, they just need to hone their craft.