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.
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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.