Around the Farm: Boo Nieves makes Michigan debut

October 12, 2012, by

Cristoval “Boo” Nieves, the Rangers second round draft pick this year, made his debut for the Michigan Wolverines last night. The touted prospect played on Michigan’s fourth line (remember: they roll lines evenly) where he had a decent game in the Wolverines 5-4 OT loss to RIT. Although he finished with a -2 rating, Nieves still managed three shots on goal and won both of his face offs. He did however negate a potential powerplay by getting called for embellishment, his only two PIMs of the game.

Something to remember about the Wolverines, they just lost their best defenseman Jon Merrill for an indefinite amount of time with a cracked vertebrae. With minimal experience in net, the Merrill loss will have a big effect on the rest of the club.

After the jump, check in on Oscar Lindberg, who is still lighting up the SEL.


  • NCAA
    • Boo Nieves (Michigan Wolverines): 0 G, 0 A, -2, 2 PIMs
  • OHL
  • SEL
    • Oscar Lindberg (Skellefteå AIK): 1 G, 0 A, Even, 0 PIMs
    • Calle Andersson (Färjestads BK): Did not play
Categories : Around the Farm

One comment

  1. Rosser says:

    Hi all, I have been a long time reader of this blog, and even a longer time Ranger fan, but I have never posted here. However, as I now find myself a graduate student at U of M with season tickets (who knew), I am getting the opportunity to see a little bit of Boo Nieves, and figured I would add a couple of thoughts to the stat lines. Keep in mind that these are just some initial impressions, and though a long time hockey fan, a professional scout I am not.

    -My first impression was that Nieves has some soft hands for a big guy, and also has a tendency to make the smart simple play. He made a few easy passes and didn’t seem to force it when there was a better option available.

    -On the downside, to me he looked nervous out there, as if he was not quite adjusted to the college game yet, but that will come with time. On that note, he was much more tentative on the ice once he got called for the penalty, which was a little disappointing.

    -Also on the downside, he needs to work on his skating. He is more than fast enough to play at the college level but he didn’t look to be getting full strides in, so I think he can go faster, and he seemed too easy to knock over for someone of his size.
    -In all, despite the small sample size, I like him for his decision making and hands. I think he will need a bunch of seasoning before being ready to go, and I’m looking forward to watching it.

    Having said all that, also on this year’s UMich team is Jake Trouba, the Jet’s 1st round pick this year, and that kid is really good. He went full beast mode a couple of times, and was really noticeable out there.