Rangers Add Three In Draft Saturday

After selecting defenseman Brady Skjei in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft on Friday night, the Rangers made three more selections before the draft concluded Saturday afternoon.

With the 59th overall pick, the Rangers selected center Cristoval Boo Nieves in the second round, before choosing Swedish defenseman Calle Andersson 119th overall in the fourth round and right-wing Thomas Spelling from Denmark in the fifth round, 142nd overall.

The Rangers traded their third round pick (89th overall) to Nashville for the Predators third round selection in 2013, and then swapped 2012 and 2013 fifth round picks with Nashville in order to choose Spelling in this year's fifth round.

"Yesterday and today were really stressful," said a smiling Nieves after being chosen by the Rangers. "But being picked felt really nice, feels really good right now. My Mom is still crying, and I am just excited."

Nieves, born and raised in the Syracuse area, played at the Kent School, a prep school in Connecticut, this past year and recorded 39 points in 26 games. He closed out his season by playing with the USHL's Indiana team, appearing in seven games and notching a goal and four assists.

The 6-foot-3-inch, 184 pound Nieves said Saturday that he has been drawn to the Rangers because of their successful track record with players who have played prep shool hockey and then continued on to the collegiate ranks---such as Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, and Ryan McDonagh. Nieves will attend the University of Michigan in the fall.

"They have a few guys who have gone that route, and Kreider is definitely an inspiration for me," stated Nieves, who goes by his nickname Boo. "I think it's great that more kids are going to prep school and college, choosing that over juniors, and it's people like (Kreider) who set a great example."

Andersson, who stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 208 pounds, is the son of former Rangers defenseman Peter Andersson---who played 39 games with the Blueshirts between 1992-93 and 1993-94. Last season the junior Andersson notched 12 goals, 24 assists and 36 points in 49 games with Farjestad in Sweden.

Spelling is listed at 6-feet-1-inches tall and 176 pounds. He recorded better than a point per game last season in Denmark, scoring 21 goals and finishing with 37 points in 33 games. He will spend the 2012-13 season playing for Rogle in Sweden.

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