Boo Nieves Makes an Impact in Season Debut for the Rangers

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 26: Boo Nieves #24 of the New York Rangers skates against the Arizona Coyotes at Madison Square Garden on October 26, 2017 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Coyotes 5-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Earlier this week, the New York Rangers placed Adam Cracknell on the waiver wire and to take his place, called up Cristoval “Boo” Nieves from their American Hockey League Affiliate- the Hartford Wolf Pack. Nieves was placed into Thursday night’s line-up against the Arizona Coyotes, where he centered the fourth line alongside Michael Grabner and Pavel Buchnevich. In his season debut, Nieves tallied three assists and looked quite strong in his role. He definitely made an impact and showed head coach Alain Vigneault that he is ready to play.

Boo Nieves Makes an Impact in Season Debut for the Rangers

This season in Hartford, Nieves has two goals and an assist in seven games played. His last National Hockey League game was November 15 of 2016 against the Vancouver Canucks. In that game, he took 17 shifts for a total time-on-ice of 11:44. He did not tally any points and had a face-off percentage of 30%. The 23-year-old forward returned to the Rangers lineup on Thursday and tallied three assists. He had a total time-on-ice of 12:01 with a face-off percentage of 38%. He had a giveaway, a takeaway, and two shots on goal. His first assist of the night marked his first career NHL point as well. The Rangers defeated the win-less Coyotes by a score of 5-2.

Nieves was drafted 59th overall by the Rangers in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. From there he finished out his career at the University of Michigan. At Michigan, he played in 109 games, tallied 18 goals and 61 assists.

After college, he made his debut in the AHL. In his first season, he skated in a total of eight games, scoring twice and adding two helpers. In 2016-17, he took on a much larger role, playing in 40 games and notching six goals and twelve assists.

This season, Nieves is looking to break out of the minors and make a name for himself on the big stage, and Thursday’s performance against the Coyotes was a step in the right direction. Nieves looked sharp and played an excellent game, helping boost the Rangers offense to victory over the Yotes. His line accounted for four of the Rangers five goals (Two for Buchnevich, two for Grabner).

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