Earlier today it was announced that Boo Nieves had made the cut and would stick with Team USA at their evaluation camp for the World Juniors.
Team USA has three more games, Finland, Sweden and Canada, this week before wrapping up.
After a positive first game on Sunday, Nieves didn’t have much of an impact in Team USA’s 5-2 win over Finland.
SNY’s Nick Licalzi, who is broadcasting for Team USA, said that Nieves was basically invisible yesterday and had a “relatively quiet and lackluster game.”
At the United States of Hockey, last night, Chris Peters said that Nieves was in and out of visibility and while he has skill and speed that would help, he hasn’t shown it consistently.
While discussing the players who were cut and who are sticking around, Peters said that it was a good decision to keep Nieves and it will be interesting to see how he responds as the camp gets tougher. Peters said that the key for Nieves will be to bring consistency with his offensive game and show off his speed and skill.
USA Hockey has announced that Brady Skjei and Boo Nieves have survived the first round of cuts at the World Junior Evaluation camp.
USA Hockey had been using a split squad to play in the first two days of camp and these cuts were made to trim down the roster.
They have games against Canada, Finland and Sweden later this week.
USA Hockey opened up their World Junior Evaluation Camp yesterday and the split squad of Team USA lost both of their games.
USA White, featuring Boo Nieves, lost 4-2 to Sweden.
Nieves didn’t register on the score sheet but SNY’s Nick Licalzi, who is in Lake Placid to broadcast the WJC camp, said that Nieves played well and was one of the most effective forwards for Team USA.
He noted that his screening of the goalie led to Team USA’s first goal on the PP. Overall, Nick described Boo by saying he had a “very good game.”
Kirk Luedeke of Red Line Report tweeted “Nieves’ explosive speed revealed on the PK as he stole puck at blue line- off to the races. 0-60 in about 1.5 strides.”
Corey Pronman tweeted that Nieves had a breakaway where he hit the post but other than that he “wasn’t really noticeable.”
Russ Bitely tweeted “USA has to be closely watching fmr Kent prep standout & Michigan Wolverine, Boo Nieves. Showing explosive speed. Could have big soph season”
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USA Blue, featuring Brady Skjei, lost to Finland 6-5 in OT
Skjei also didn’t register on the score sheet but Nick said that he was very solid defensively, makes a good first pass and would fit in well with the current crop of Rangers defensemen.
Nick also praised Skjei’s skating ability.
Chris Peters of the United States of Hockey noted that Skjei was one of the better players for Team USA in their game.
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12:55PM: Peters has more on Skjei at United States of Hockey and writes that he was a little inconsistent, but showed a lot of flashes of his defensive play as well as being more engaged in the offensive zone. He adds that Skjei has the strength and speed to be a top-four defenseman for Team USA and that as long as his decision making continues to improve, he will be on the team.
Sweden plays Team Blue and Finland plays Team White today.
At the United States of Hockey, Chris Peters looks at 2012 second round pick Boo Nieves and his chances at Team USA’s WJC Evaluation Camp this week.
He writes that Nieves developed in a big way throughout the course of last season and that he will make a serious push for a roster spot .
Peters says that the knocks on Nieves being a perimeter player have gone away and he is starting to show a willingness to “pay the price” for offense.
Nieves has previous USA Hockey experience, playing at the Ivan Hlinka tournament in 2011, and Peters says that he has developed into a “quality prospect.
Buzzing the Net described this goal, from the Ivan Hlinka tournament, as “un-Boo-lievable”
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USA Hockey has announced that the Rangers first and second round picks in 2012, Brady Skjei and Boo Nieves, have been invited to the World Juniors evaluation camp in August.
Skjei was one of the final cuts that USA Hockey made last year prior to the 2013 Tournament.
JT Miller played for Team USA last year and won a Gold Medal.
THIS SECTION is all about Skjei.
THIS SECTION is all about Nieves.
Rangers second round pick Boo Nieves was named CCHA Rookie of the Month for February.
Nieves had four goals and six assists in six games for Michigan in February.
On the season, Nieves has eight goals and 18 assists in 34 games. He has three power play goals and two game winning goals.
He is 163 and 147 on faceoffs this season.
CLICK HERE for a section on Nieves including a report on him from early February.
In The Hockey News, Ryan Kennedy lists Rangers prospect Boo Nieves as one of his players on “The Hot List” says that Nieves has “great size, quickness and skill.”
Geoff Chiles of MichiganHockey.net says that Nieves has been one of the best players for Michigan this season, is using his speed and is improving on draws.
He adds that Nieves is now centering the second line for the Wolverines.
Dave Starman of CBS tweeted “Nieves is their best player. Does things good pros do.”
THIS SECTION is all about Boo Nieves.
He has seven goals and 14 assists this season including five points in his last two games. He is 125 and 100 on faceoffs this season.
Nieves was named CCHA rookie of the week last week.