Colin Miller
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Colin Miller

Hometown:

Sault Ste. Marie Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-10-29

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2012

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

5th round (151st overall), 2012

Weight:

179 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2009-10: Colin Miller played for the Soo Thunderbirds junior A team in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League. In 46 games he scored 7 goals with 23 assists and 38 penalty minutes. After finishing first in the West Division, the Thunderbirds reached the playoff finals against Abitibi. In 14 playoff games Miller scored 5 goals with 9 assists and had 14 penalty minutes.

2010-11: Miller skated in 66 games for the OHL's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds after attending the team's training camp as a free agent .  Playing on a Greyhounds squad that finished last in the West Division and had the OHL's third worst record, Miller was a respectable plus-two and scored 3 goals with 19 assists and had 44 penalty minutes. He was ranked 148th amongst North American skaters by Central Scouting prior to the 2011 NHL Draft  but was not selected.

2011-12: Miller attended camp with the Los Angeles Kings before returning to Sault Ste. Marie for his second season. He skated in 54 of 68 games for the Greyhounds – missing time in February after suffering a concussion – and scored was plus-nine with 8 goals 20 assists and 79 penalty minutes. Sault Ste. Marie came up just short in its push for a playoff spot despite finishing eight points better than the previous season. In his second year of eligibility Miller was selected by Los Angeles in the fifth round (151st overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.

2011-12: Miller attended camp with the Los Angeles Kings before returning to Sault Ste. Marie for his second season. He skated in 54 of 68 games for the Greyhounds – missing time in February after suffering a concussion – and was plus-nine with 8 goals, 20 assists and 79 penalty minutes. Sault Ste. Marie came up just short in its push for a playoff spot despite finishing eight points better than the previous season. In his second year of eligibility Miller was selected by Los Angeles in the fifth round (151st overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft.

2012-13: Miller was the fourth-leading scorer amongst OHL defensemen; playing for Sault Ste. Marie as an overage 20-year-old in his third season. He scored 20 goals with 35 assists and was +13 with 78 penalty minutes. Eight of his 20 goals came on the power play. The Greyhounds reached the OHL playoffs after finishing second in the West Division. Miller was -1 and scored 1 goal with 6 assists in the six-game series with Owen Sound. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Kings in July, 2013.

 

Talent Analysis

While his size is not anything to be fascinated with and you could call his offensive skills above average, Miller has improved tremendously over his OHL career. He has natural leadership ability and was a top-five point producer among defensemen in the OHL in 2012-13. His tenacity and ability to continue his growth have put him on the map for now.

 

Future

Miller was maybe the biggest surprise of the 2012-13 season. He doubled his point production and wore the “C” for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. He will likely return to the Greyhounds but stands to win a lot if he can put together another impressive 2013-14.

 

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