Kieran Millan
Image: Michael Tureski/Icon SMI

Kieran Millan

Hometown:

Edmonton Alberta

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1989-08-31

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2009

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2009

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

5th round (124th overall), 2009

Weight:

190 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2006-07: This marked Kieran Millan’s first season with Spruce Grove (AJHL). As a rookie, he appeared in 60 games, claiming a 2.61 GAA and a .919 save percentage; he participated in the 2007 AJHL All-Star Game and the AJHL North All-Rookie Team for his efforts.  Passed over in the 2007 and 2008 drafts.

2007-08: His second year with the club, the net-minder appeared in 55 games with the Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL); he posted a 3.04 GAA and a .903 save percentage.

2008-09: Millan spent the season with current NCAA Champs Boston University, and what a season it was. On top of winning the NCAA title, he was nominated to the H-East All-Rookie Team and was the leagues Rookie of the Year and got an All-Star Second Team nod for his efforts. Appearing in 33 games, he posted an impressive 1.85 goals against average and a .923 save percentage, personal best numbers. Expect more from this seasons New England Rookie of the Year in 2009-10.

2009-10: Millan started 32 of 38 games for Boston University as a sophomore. Despite struggling to stay above .500 for much of the year, the Terriers finished third in the tightly-packed Hockey East conference and Millan's numbers reflected the performance of his team. He finished 16-16 with one shutout and had a 3.15 GAA and .891 save percentage.

2010-11: Millan handled the bulk of the goaltending chores for Boston University for the third straight year; starting 35 of 39 games as a junior. The Terriers showed some improvement from the previous year record-wise, and again finished third in Hockey East, but were denied an NCAA playoff bid for the second consecutive season. Millan was 16-10-8 for the season with one shutout and a 2.68 GAA and .919 save percentage. He was named to the Hockey East Second All-Star team.

2011-12: Millan skated in 35 of 39 games for Boston University in his senior year. He was 20-14-1 with 3 shutouts and had a 2.60 goals against and .923 save percentage. The Terriers finished third in Hockey East. Millan started all five post-season games, including a pair of double overtime games against New Hampshire and the Hockey East semifinal game against Maine as well as  Boston University's NCAA West Regional semifinal game against Minnesota. Millan signed an entry-level contract with the Avalanche in May 2012.

2012-13: Millan appeared in one game for Colorado AHL affiliate Lake Erie in his first pro season and combined with fellow Avalanche prospect Kent Patterson to lead the first-year Denver Cutthroats to the Central Hockey League playoffs. Millan stopped 22 shots in a 4-0 loss to Charlotte in his only game with the Monsters. In 38 games for eighth-place Denver he was 15-15-4 with 2 shutouts and had a 2.91 goals against and .913 save percentage. Millan played in four games during the five-game playoff series with first-place Allen and was 1-3 with a 2.99 goals against and .899 save percentage.

 

Future

Millan faces tough competition on the Avalanche goaltender chart but has all the tools and abilities to succeed. For now, he is the starting goalie of the Denver Cutthroats in the Central Hockey League where he is finding great success.

 

Colorado Avalanche 2013 draft preview

by Blake Benzel
on

Gabriel Landeskog - Colorado Avalanche

Photo: Colorado’s second overall pick in 2011, Gabriel Landeskog made an immediate impact in the lineup and was named the team’s captain in 2012 (courtesy of Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Colorado Avalanche have had quite a bit of turnover already in their off-season, first firing former Head Coach Joe Sacco, then hiring Patrick Roy to be their new bench boss and Vice President of Hockey Ops and promoting Joe Sakic to be their Executive Vice President of Hockey Ops. Roy and Sakic have joined the fray and will look to help the team improve upon their prospect base that has them sitting 29th in the NHL in that regard.

Read more»

Tyson Barrie leads the way in Colorado Avalanche’s mid-season Top 20

by Blake Benzel
on
Tyson Barrie - Colorado Avalanche

Photo: Defenseman Tyson Barrie, who has skated in 20 NHL games with the Avalanche in 2012-13, moved into the top spot in Colorado’s mid-season Top 20 (courtesy of Dustin Bradford/Icon SMI)

 
The Colorado Avalanche are in a very unique position for their franchise. They have a bevy of young talent in their organization – if you look at their roster, the team does not have many players over the age of 28 playing in the NHL this season. The problem for Colorado is, the bulk of that young talent is already on their NHL roster, leaving the cupboard a bit bare behind them.

Read more»

Colorado Avalanche minor league system flush with defensive talent and depth forwards

by Blake Benzel
on
Michael Sgarbossa - Colorado Avalanche

Photo: Playing in his rookie pro season, Michael Sgarbossa was leading the Lake Erie Monsters in scoring when he was called up to the NHL club on January 29th. (courtesy of Russell Lansford/Icon SMI)

 
The depth and talent developing at the pro level is an organizational strength for the Colorado Avalanche. Players like Michael Sgarbossa, Mark Olver, and Tyson Barrie got off to strong starts in the AHL and are now making an impact for the Avs in 2013. Meanwhile prospects Stefan Elliott, Brad Malone, and Cameron Gaunce are knocking on the door and are more than ready to step in as injury replacements this season.

Read more»

Goaltending and defense the strengths of Colorado Avalanche prospect system

by Blake Benzel
on
Cameron Gaunce - Lake Erie Monsters

Photo: Cameron Gaunce is one of several experienced defensive prospects in the Avalanche prospect pool on the verge of making the NHL. (courtesy of Zuma Press/Icon SMI)

 
With players like Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene quickly ascending to the pro ranks, it is easy to see why the Colorado Avalanche’s prospect cupboards might be a bit bare. On the surface that is certainly the case, but if you dig a little deeper and poke around, you can see that there is at least a little depth to be had at every position – even the ones that do not appear to have it.

Read more»

Defense and goaltending remain strengths in Colorado Avalanche top 20

by Richard Greco
on
Tyson Barrie - Colorado Avalanche

Tyson Barrie, who made his NHL debut in 2011-12 with the Avalanche, is one of several promising defensive prospects in the Avalanche system. (courtesy of Dustin Bradford/Icon SMI)

The Colorado Avalanche’s defensive and goaltending prospects occupy eight of its top 10 spots. From offensive-minded defensemen to stay at home defenders, the Avs’ future on the blue line is looking bright. The biggest problem Colorado is facing is a lack of premium offensive talent in its system. Michael Sgarbossa and Joey Hishon have the potential to be impact NHL players, but the list ends there. Colorado is stacked with undersized forwards who consistently get hurt playing too physically on the ice.

Read more»

Related Articles