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  1. #16
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    2nd round pick Forward Chris "Boo" Nieves
    4th round pick Defensemen Calle Anderson
    5th round pick Forward Forward Thomas Spelling

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    Boo Nieves
    Nieves’ prime attraction is his rare combination of size and speed. Size can’t be taught – and at 6’3, Nieves stands tall above the competition. His skating game is truly a wonder to behold – almost certainly the fastest draft-bound prep student, Nieves has earned comparisons to the speediest in this class including Pontus Εberg, Nail Yakupov and Andreas Athanasiou . With plus-acceleration; a long, graceful stride and an elite top-gear Nieves has the wheels to excel in the NHL.

    Offensively, he projects more as a distributor than a sniper. While he has a heavy shot and a solid release, there has been some mention of difficulties finishing the golden opportunities he creates with his anticipation and speed. He only scored seven goals and thirty-nine points in 26 games with Kent – not exactly prodigious numbers for a player with purported first-round potential against the ‘middling’ competition of the high school circuit.

    With his big frame and skating game, teams want to see more of a commitment to taking the body than he’s shown thus far. Furthermore, many teams wanted to see how Nieves fares against better competition (he joined the USHL’s Indiana Ice after his Prep season was done, grabbing ten points in thirteen games) with the hope that his game and production didn’t suffer. His performance – neither poor nor eye-grabbing – leaves many questions still unanswered.

    Nieves’ combination of tantalizing abilities and concerning issues will likely see him bounce around between the late-first and second-rounds of mock drafts, such is the fate of boom-or-bust prospects… Some team enamored with his size/speed combination could take him high as the early twenties, but he’s a safer bet to fall to the thirty to fifty range.

    Ideal Fits: Teams in the second round looking for a potential-heavy forward: San Jose, Phoenix, Nashville, Dallas

    Why Your Team Will Take Him: Because he has all the tools to be a solid (or better) forward at the NHL level; because his upside is arguably the highest of the likely second-round prospects.

    Why Your Team Will Pass on Him: Because his ability to put the puck in the net is a major question mark; because despite his size and speed he’s far from a ‘safe pick’; because seven goals against prep competition doesn’t seem to make sense.

    Strengths: Explosivity, Skating, Size, Playmaking

    Weaknesses/Concerns: Physicality, Finishing, Consistency, “Toolbox”
    Calle Anderson.
    Rising Swedish rearguard with great skating abilities, physically, and offensive upside. His fluidity, lateral speed, and pivoting ability allow him to control gaps, close lanes defensively. His smooth puck handling skills make him a transition horse as he reads the ice well and plays with patience. Power play general with a nice shot and stick skills to take advantage of any slide-downs to the slot. He reads the ice well in all zones and looks to be another good prospect for a team looking for a defender. Projected 2nd-3rd round
    Thomas Spelling.
    With pro size, good hands and great wheels, Danish overager Thomas Spelling has the look of a diamond-in-the-rough talent. Unfortunately, he’s the opposite of a diamond in terms of physical play and needs to round-out his game. His best tools are a solid shot and the ability to find the holes in the zone – but is a decidedly ‘perimeter’ player at this juncture.

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    Any Nash rumors or others. ??

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    Mr. Wiskers if Marc was going to Carolina it wouldnt be Skinner involved unless the Rangers were adding more, more likely would be Mcbain+ for Marc.

    Read this on twitter thought it was funny Marc Staal must feel like Khloe Kardashian right now.

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    Isca, you have imagine Carolina is gonna have to overpay to get Staal since he is the last Staal that needs to be acquired to complete having all 4, he's under contract for 3 more yrs., he's a #2 d-man( he was only on the second pair because the Rangers were bringing him back slowly from his concussion), he's a big strong physical d-man who blocks shots and can play 24-25 mns. A game.

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    Sure Carolina would have to overpay but Skinner is gross overpayment. Ur talking about a 20 year old goal scorer. Im not saying Staal is bad, but hes not Jeff Skinner value. Realistically they can wait 3 years and Eric would only be 31, Skinner 23, Ward 31 andget him for nothing. Jordan and Jared are younger then Eric so they have the high ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oak2455 View Post
    Any Nash rumors or others. ??
    Nope, Sather said unless Howson comes back down to "Earth" He doesn't see the Rangers acquiring Nash, price is to high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmARanger18 View Post
    Nope, Sather said unless Howson comes back down to "Earth" He doesn't see the Rangers acquiring Nash, price is to high.
    Thanks I appreciate that....

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    Anytime brother.

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    Then what about Staal and a prospect for Skinner. Say Christian Thomas or Michael St.Croix.

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    Mr. Wiskers, I think Rutherfords answer on Skinner would be youll have to pry him out of my cold dead hands lol. I look at him and its the same answer Sather gives when someone asks for Kreider.

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    Solid defensemen that can play anywhere in the top 4 are tough to find as well, I don't think Carolina has any intention of trading Skinner but they'd have to pay a pretty good price for Marc too. If you look at the trade that was just made, JVR for Schenn as a comparisson I'd take Marc Staal over Luke Schenn any day of the week, and JVR is a really good young forward.

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    Skinner is not an improbable bounty for Marc Staal. Obviously there would be more meat to the deal but Staal for Skinner is a good jumping off point. I would say straight up wouldn't be too out of the question.

    If Carolina wants Staal they are gonna have to come get him. We have no need to move him, he's a cornerstone of this young core and our mantra of the last 5+ years. They would have to risk him going to UFA which, unless their was collusion going on and they have him already recruited, is a huge risk. He would command a lot on the open market.
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    Boo Nieves is going to Michigan and says he wants to follow the path Kreider took and will try to mold his game around Kreider.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmARanger18 View Post
    Boo Nieves is going to Michigan and says he wants to follow the path Kreider took and will try to mold his game around Kreider.
    Recent graduate of Michigan and I will be sure to make it up to Yost a few times the next 4 years to watch Nieves development.

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