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.