There’ll be a new face in the Rangers lineup tonight when they take on the Canucks in Vancouver.
Cristoval “Boo” Nieves — who essentially goes by the “Boo” nickname, given to him as a child — will make his big league debut on Tuesday, the club has announced.
Nieves, taken 59th overall at the 2012 draft, enjoyed an impressive four-year career at the University of Michigan before turning pro last season. He signed his entry-level deal in March, played eight games with AHL Hartford — scoring five points — then got off to a good start with the Wolf Pack this season, notching six points in 13 games prior to his recall on Monday afternoon.
Considered to be a potential first-round pick in his draft year, Nieves has a solid frame — 6-foot-3, 200 pounds — and can really skate for a player of his size. Per Newsday, he might also get a look on the Rangers’ penalty kill this evening.