NEWS: The Rangers Select Cristoval (Boo) Nieves

With the 59th pick in the draft, the Rangers select Cristoval (Boo) Nieves.

Boo is from Syracuse, (Baldwinsville) NY and is 6-2, 185 lbs.

Bob McKenzie said “He skates like the wind and is a big physical specimen who is heading to Michigan. There is a lot to like with the physical tools that he has.”

McKenzie says that the pick reminds him of when the Rangers took Huge Jessiman since Nieves is a project and the jury is still out on what he can do with his talent.

10:55AM: McKenzie tweets, “When I compared Nieves to Jessiman it was only to the extent that they are/were prospects with tremendous physical tools/potential.”

Future Considerations ranked him 38th, saying “A big and fast, skilled playmaking winger. His feet are one of his biggest assets as he is explosive from stand still and can blow by defenders. He has an extra gear that few in his class possess and also has good power in his stride as he can carry the puck and work through checks. He makes decisions quickly and can really handle the puck calmly, even at full speed.”

“He has great vision and can really thread the needle with his passes. His shot is not as strong as it will be once he fills out but he can score off the rush with it. His overall consistency will need to improve as will his strength—his upper body is lanky. He drives the net with his long reach and size but is not an overly physical player. He played the season with Kent School before moving over to the Indiana Ice of the USHL when the prep school season concluded. He will get time to develop physically and address problems with his consistency and defensive game at the University of Michigan starting this fall.”




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frustjetfn
frustjetfn

This roster better look significantly different next year or knowledgeable fans will quickly get disgusted with Idzik. There are too many chronically injured has beens on pitch counts, too many under-achievers, too many "projects" who failed to justify their draft position, too many Rex vets or favorites given unwarranted playing time and too many troubled imports that the Jets felt they could turn around b/c of Rex's "demanding' side. Yeah, when Rex first got here he not only had  player-friendly side, he also had a rep for demanding on-the-field performance. Unfortunately, over the years that side of Rex has been MIA.

None of the above is Idzik's fault, but this off-season with more cap space he must clean house and add quality youth and a few hard working vets to complement the high quality core guys that we do have. The good news is that a solid nucleus is there (we all know the names); the bad news is that if Idzik is behind Geno, Milliner and Winters playing to justify his 2013 draft despite earning it, then we're in trouble. That CYA mindset throws good money after bad and reduces the competitive ability of the team.


Every team blows draft choices and I'd say a lot of us have been surprised when the Pats quickly cut draft choices when they determine the player lacks the desired skill level . Now be honest, the Jets will keep lackluster "projects" for years in the hope that they will suddenly develop (e.g., Vlad, Hill, etc.) And to compound mistakes, the Jets will waffle on a productive role player like Woodhead who will have a useful career with many good teams, but will sign hear-no-evil, see-no-evil locker room attitude problems.


The time is now (this off-season) for Idzik to show what he's really about. I'm looking forward to it because if done right,  we can enjoy consistent success for the next decade. But it better start w/a reality based assessment vs an excuse ridden projection of weak draft picks. It can start with drafting a legit franchise type QB who won't need a16 game investment to play at an average NFL QB level. Then let last years investment (Geno) compete with the new guy and honestly let the best player win. No matter who wins, it will signal the whole team that playing time will be earned and not awarded. For if the Jets are willing to do this with the most important position, then things have really changed. - Do that and the Jets win.

namvetjet
namvetjet

Is the injury report really sponsored? Do the Jets do it or the blog? Wonder if K-Y Jelly is looking to get the rights to the Butt Fumble.


a57se
a57se

Lankster on Steve Smith might be a real good match-up......

arc34
arc34

@jetfuel We better have our pass rush going or it could get ugly quick.

1969JAN12th
1969JAN12th

@frustjetfn Nice post; however.....

" It can start with drafting a legit franchise type QB who won't need a 16 game investment to play at an average NFL QB level."

A lot of the fans on TJB have referenced this same phrase. Just where do you want Idzik to pick up this player ? Walking up and down the aisles at the A &P until he picks one off the shelf? Every team in the NFL wants that 'legit franchise QB"; unfortunately it's very difficult to find and more often then not, the QB selected doesn't work out. Sometimes what is required is patience...see Alex Smith for example. 

Not saying that Geno Smith is the definite answer, but I wouldn't grade Idzik's success on whether he gets us a "legit franchise QB " by next year.


McGeorge
McGeorge

@frustjetfn Idzik inherited a bad team and had some cap limitations.  But the 2013 draft was awful, and that is on Idzik.  He can try and say it's because cleaning up the player evaluation department will take a year, and he may be right, but he has no track record at putting together a good player evaluation system.  For all we know he's going to be as bad as Tannenbaum.

frustjetfn
frustjetfn

That's true. We'll know a lot more this off season. - Gotta hope it's good or we'll have to start all over yet again.

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