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Rangers recall Cristoval “Boo” Nieves from Hartford

Bobby Bevilacqua

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Photo courtesy of MSG Photos.

This afternoon, New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced that the team has recalled Cristoval Nieves from the Hartford Wolf Pack, and he will join the team immediately.

Nieves has skated in 13 games with Hartford, registering a goal and five assists, putting him third on the team in points and second in assists. He has recorded four assists/points in the last seven games and is the only member of the Wolf Pack to not have a penalty called against him. In 21 career AHL games, he has a total of three goals and 11 points. Read the rest of this entry

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Boo Nieves might be more than just AHL depth

Bobby Bevilacqua

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Cristoval “Boo” Nieves skates in his lone preseason game against the Flyers. Photo courtesy of Bruce Bennet/Getty Images.

The talk of the New York Rangers training camp and preseason has been the amount of talent in the forward group, as well as who will be playing on the fourth line? With the emergence of Brandon Pirri and Josh Jooris coming back for the last preseason game, everything is still a bit murky when it comes to the structure of the four lines.

However, one name that never seemed to be on anyone’s radar was Cristoval “Boo” Nieves, the Rangers’ 2012 second round pick who spent the last four years at the University of Michigan. He missed most of training camp with an injury suffered during the Traverse City Tournament, but suited up for the final preseason game against the Flyers. Nieves played over 14 minutes and was a -1 with three shots on goal and some time spent on the penalty kill.

In his senior season, Nieves scored 31 points (10-21-31) in 35 games, and in eight games with the Wolf Pack, he scored another five points (2-3-5). Nieves is a big, strong center at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds. He’s always been known as a good defensive player and excels on the penalty kill. Read the rest of this entry

Rangers sign Cristoval “Boo” Nieves to entry level contract

John Dundon

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Photo courtesy of Courtney Sacco/AnnArbor.com

The Rangers have signed their second round pick in the 2012 Entry Draft, Boo Nieves, to a two-year entry level contract.

The contract will kick in next season. For the remainder of this season, Nieves is heading to Hartford on an ATO. The contract comes after Nieves’ senior season playing at the University of Michigan.

The Baldwinsville, NY native will go from the Wolverines to the Wolf Pack, joining the Rangers AHL affiliate in the middle of an epic playoff race. It’s good that Nieves, 22, will be jumping right into the fire and getting some experience in big games. He comes to the Rangers organization after spending 4 years at Ann Arbor. In 148 games as a Wolverine, Nieves registered 28-82—110.

Nieves (6’3-200 Lbs.) can be described as a solid all-around player who isn’t afraid to hold the puck and make a play. He possesses a smooth, powerful stride. In addition to his skating ability, he is an above average passer. If there is a criticism of him, it’s that he’ll often times look to pass before he looks to shoot. In any case, he probably possesses enough skill to eventually make a push for a top-nine spot.

The realistic expectation should be that Nieves will make the Rangers think hard about keeping him up out of camp in Sept. of 2016. This of course depends on what the roster looks like next fall. There may not be a forward spot open. My best guess is that he’ll start the season in Hartford and will be considered throughout next season as a call up.

In his senior season at Michigan, Nieves was an assistant captain.