Note: Reports on Brady Skjei and Boo Nieves From Yesterday’s USA Hockey Camp

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”

For more on Boo, CLICK HERE.

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.

For more on Skjei, CLICK HERE.

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.

Read: Boo Nieves and the WJC Camp

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”

For more on Nieves, CLICK HERE.

Read: Boo Nieves Might Be Michigan’s Best Player

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 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.

Read: An Update On Boo Nieves

In The Hockey News (12/17/12 issue), they look at 2012 second round pick Boo Nieves. They write that his transition to Michigan has been “seamless” and his value is clear in that they have a winning record with him in the lineup and a losing record with him out of the lineup.”

Corey Pronman wrote earlier in the year at Puck Prospectus that Nieves has high skating and play making ability and is “a player who on his best shift can simply dazzle with his speed and puck possession abilities.” He says that he has the potential to be a top-six player, if he gets stronger, but is a long-term project.

READ MORE about Boo Nieves.

Geoffrey Chiles of Michigan Hockey Net  emailed over a report on how Boo has played in his freshman season:

Boo has been a real pleasant surprise, though I expected nothing less out of him.  He’s got 9 points so far this season, and if you guys have enjoyed the finished product of Carl Hagelin, you’re going to love Boo.  Though he doesn’t have Carl’s top-end speed or defensive ability, he’s fast, goes hard to the net, finds the open areas, and looks for his linemates first.  He’s a very unselfish player, and his passing has been superb.  Some things to work on: his shot, and backchecking skills.  His shot is going to improve in both speed and accuracy, given time, but he’s got to be more aware on the defensive end (you can say that about most of our players so far this season!), and be able to hustle back to his own zone, take out his man, strip the puck, etc.  Returning to positive traits, his no-look, backhand pass from behind the net to find AJ with an open net was just gorgeous.

He notes that Boo was seeing time on the top line with Michigan captain AJ Treais.

Update On The Rangers Prospects In College

Mike S.

Here is an update on The New York Rangers top 3 prospects at the college level.
Brady Skjei/ Defense (University of Minnesota): The 2-way defenseman has had a slow start offensively for the Minnesota Gofers thus far. However; he has been very consistent on the defense.
Games      Goals        Assists       Points
12                 1                    1                    2

Steven Fogarty/Forward (University of Notre Dame): Despite managing only 4 pts in the first 13 games, Fogarty has displayed a very physical presence on the ice and is very steady defensively.

Games     Goals          Assists      Points
13                  3                    1                   4

Cristoval “Boo” Nieves/Forward (University of Michigan): Nieves has been outstanding in his first 13 games as his defense has improved immensely to go along with his offensive production.

Games       Goals          Assists     Points
13                    2                    6                8

Thus far, all three prospects have had their ups and downs this season and all three need time to develop their game to the next level. All three prospects are projected at least 3-4 years from making their professional debut, so time is on their side to improve their game.