Rangers Sign Cristoval Nieves

The New York Rangers have signed prospect Cristoval Nieves to a two-year, entry-level contract, the team announced Monday. Nieves was a 2nd round draft pick back in the 2012 draft.

The two-year pact will start next season. For now, Nieves will report to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL on an amateur tryout agreement (ATO).

The Baldwinsville, New York native is coming off a career-year as an alternate captain for the University of Michigan. He hit career-best marks in goal (10) and points (31), as well as tying his career-high in assists (21).

He was a part of a Michigan team that looked capable of doing some damage in this year’s NCAA tournament, but they were dispatched Saturday by the University of North Dakota, who earned a berth in the Frozen Four with the win.

After finishing four years with Michigan, the 6-foot-3 forward could have waited until August and gone to free agency instead of taking a deal with the Rangers.