Should the Rangers be left with a hole in their bottom-six, they can look no further than their AHL affiliate. One of the most well-rounded players for the Hartford Whalers, Cristoval (Boo) Nieves, would represent an easy fix.
Nieves stands 6 feet 3 inches tall, and weighs in at a sturdy 210lbs. His frame provides some size to match his game’s tenacity. In fact, Nieves would bring much of the same style that Lindberg has for the past few seasons.
His strong penalty killing and forechecking are part of what make him a fan favorite since his time in college. During his time with the Whalers, Nieves has played extensive minutes against tough assignments. If he hopes to crack the Rangers’ roster for the 2018 season, he’ll be expected to do much of the same.