Read: Boo Nieves Could Be Special/Who He Models His Game After/Timetable

Chris Peters writes at theĀ United States of Hockey that Boo Nieves lacks that little bit of “finish” that would make him a “deadly” player. Peters says that Boo needs more development and that “if he ever puts it all together he could be extremely productive.”

Peters adds that Boo is on the verge of being a “special prospect” and that his speed and skill are close to “high end” but he is struggling to finish.

Nieves told SNY’s Nick Licalzi that he tries to model his game after Joe Thornton, saying that Thornton is a big, fast center who can move the puck really well. Nieves said that he is a better puck mover than he is a finisher.

Over the past few days Boo has told Nick:

  • He normally plays center at Michigan.
  • His best assets are his speed, “speed kills and you can’t teach it” and his size “with my size, it’s pretty unstoppable when you are playing quick and big.”
  • He is more offensive than defensive and his defensive game needs a bit of work
  • He wants to improve his consistency, “Some shifts I am making plays while other shifts I am just blending in. I need to make a difference every single shift.”
  • He doesn’t have a timetable for turning pro, “I am taking everything as it comes. It’s fun to go to NY and skate with those guys. I am trying to develop my game at Michigan and go from there.”
  • When he speaks with the Rangers the topics are never too serious and they just have him focus on working hard.
  • His coaches at Michigan are honest with him and have him working on things he needs to get better at. When talking about this he mentioned back checking and faceoffs.

In describing Boo’s game, Licalzi said, after the USA win over Finland on Thursday, that “Nieves was real good again, shows flashes of a ton of potential…great speed….seems like he’s going to fit in as another solid all around American born Ranger.”

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