Kevan Miller
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Kevan Miller

Hometown:

Santa Clarita California

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1987-11-15

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2006

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2011

Weight:

200 lbs.

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History

2009-10: Kevan Miller played in 39 games for the University of Vermont as a junior. He scored 1 goal with 10 assists and was plus-10 with 26 penalty minutes. The Catamounts finished eighth in Hockey East but earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after defeating New Hampshire in the Hockey East quarterfinals.

2010-11: Miller made his pro hockey debut with the AHL Providence Bruins, signing an amateur tryout contract following his senior season at  Vermont. In six games with Providence he was plus-two with no points and 9 penalty minutes. A senior captain for Vermont, he missed nine games due to injury; scoring 1 goal with 3 assists in 27 games. Miller was plus-1 with 29 penalty minutes during a season in which the Catamounts were hamstrung by several injuries to key players and won just eight games.

2011-12: Invited to Boston’s camp as a free agent, Miller was signed to a two-year entry-level contract by the Bruins in October 2011 and spent his first pro season with Boston’s AHL affiliate Providence. Miller was the second-leading scorer amongst Providence defensemen with 3 goals and 21 assists in 65 games and had a team-best plus-20 plus/minus with 98 penalty minutes. Providence missed the AHL playoffs; finishing fourth in the Atlantic Division.

2012-13: Miller played for the Bruins’ AHL affiliate in Providence in his second pro season. He played 64 games – missing time in April with a rib injury – and was +5 with 2 goals 14 assists and 71 penalty minutes. Providence finished first in the Atlantic Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Miller played in 9 of 12 playoff games, missing the first two games of the Hershey series and sitting out Game 2 in the second round. He had 5 assists and was +4 with 10 penalty minutes in the post-season. Miller joined the Bruins during the NHL playoffs but did not appear in any games. He was re-signed by Boston to a one-year contract as a restricted free agent in July, 2013.

 

Talent Analysis

The former University of Vermont captain is smart, mobile and can move the puck efficiently. He’s willing to drop the gloves and is a physical presence without taking himself out of position. The 24-year old’s play in Providence last season was an eye opener. Simply put, he was Providence’s best defenseman, by far, last season. On a team where most of the players finished in the minus column, Miller was an impressive +20. It’s hard to know how much upside Miller has given his age, but his impressive rookie season this undrafted college free agent does in fact have NHL potential.

 

Future

Miller will play in the minors this season. He will try to make the AHL in camp, but could end up in the ECHL with all of the Bruins depth on defense.

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