J.T. Miller
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J.T. Miller

Hometown:

East Palestine Ohio

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-03-14

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

1st round (15th overall), 2011

Weight:

198 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2009-10: J.T. Miller, a graduate of the Pittsburgh Hornets Midget program, played for the U.S. NTDP squad competing in the USHL. In 29 games, he scored 5 goals and added 7 assists for 12 points to go along with 32 penalty minutes. In 46 games for the U-17 squad, Miller scored 15 goals and added 16 assists for 31 points to go along with 79 penalty minutes. Miller played for the USA at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, scoring 5 goals and adding 4 assists for 9 points in 6 games for the gold medal winners.

2010-11: Miller again played for the U.S. NTDP squad playing in the USHL. In 21 games, he scored 3 goals and added 12 assists for 15 points to go along with 48 penalty minutes. Miller played for the USA’s gold medal team at the 2011 U-18 World Junior Championship, scoring 4 goals and adding 8 assists for 12 points in 6 games. Miller committed to the University of North Dakota, but has instead decided to play for the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers.

2011-12: Miller made his pro hockey debut as a 19-year-old, joining Connecticut for the AHL playoffs following his first season with OHL Plymouth. He played in 8 AHL playoff games for the Whale and had 1 assist and was minus-two with 2 penalty minutes. Miller scored 25 goals with 37 assists in 61 games  on a Plymouth team that was second in the OHL with 279 goals and he was plus-eight with 61 penalty minutes. The Whalers finished first in the West Division and reached the second round in the OHL playoffs. Miller scored 2 goals with 8 assists in 13 playoff games and was minus-three with 18 penalty minutes. He represented the USA at the 2012 U20 World Junior Championships; scoring 2 goals with 2 assists in six games as the USA finished seventh.

2012-13: Miller had an eventful first pro season as a 19-year-old – skating in 26 games for the Rangers following the NHL lockout after playing in the AHL with Connecticut and winning a gold medal playing on the top line for the USA at the 2013 World Junior Championship. He scored two goals against the Islanders in his second NHL game on February 7th, his only goals of the season. He had 2 assists and was -7 with 8 penalty minutes with New York. Miller was with the Rangers during the playoffs but did not see any action. In 42 AHL games with Connecticut he scored 8 goals with 15 assists and was -12 with 29 penalty minutes. Connecticut missed the AHL playoffs by two points. Skating on the USA’s top line with Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary) and Jimmy Vesey (Nashville), Miller scored 2 goals with a team-high 7 assists and was +2 in seven games. The USA defeated Sweden, 3-2, in the gold medal game.

2012-13: Miller had an eventful first pro season as a 19-year-old — skating in 26 games for the Rangers following the NHL lockout after playing in the AHL with Connecticut and winning a gold medal playing on the top line for the USA at the 2013 World Junior Championship. He scored two goals against the Islanders in his second NHL game on February 7th, his only goals of the season. He had 2 assists and was -7 with 8 penalty minutes with New York. Miller was with the Rangers during the playoffs but did not see any action. In 42 AHL games with Connecticut he scored 8 goals with 15 assists and was -12 with 29 penalty minutes. Connecticut missed the AHL playoffs by two points. Skating on the USA’s top line with Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary) and Jimmy Vesey (Nashville), Miller scored 2 goals with a team-high 7 assists and was +2 in seven games. The USA defeated Sweden, 3-2, in the gold medal game.

Talent Analysis

Miller is an excellent two-way player, with some offensive upside. A good face-off man, he plays well along the boards and in tight areas.

 

Future

Although he will be competing with many older, more experienced forwards for an NHL roster spot this fall, Miller will get a very long look in camp. Given the Rangers NHL roster, he will likely begin the season in Hartford, but should be one of the first call ups this season.

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