T.J. Miller

T.J. Miller


Placetia California

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4th round (107th overall), 2006 by NJ


200 lbs.

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2004-05: After playing midget and bantam hockey in California, Miller ventured to Canada to play in the BCHL. He suited up for the South Surrey Eagles where he played with current Devils prospect Tyler Eckford. He scored three goals and nine assists in 58 games.

2005-06: Miller had an outstanding 05-06′ season while playing for this time for the BCHL’s Penticton Vees, a season which saw him notch 16 goals and 32 assists in 60 games. Those numbers, along with his strong overall play netted him the BCHL’s Defenseman of the Year award. He commited to Northern Michigan where he will start his NCAA career next fall and was drafted in the fourth round of the 2006 NHL draft by the New Jersey Devils.

2006-07: Miller enjoyed a stellar rookie campaign with Northern Michigan Wildcats that culminated with him being named the recipient of the team’s Don Waddell Award as the Top Freshman. The Placentia, CA native led all Wildcats rookies in scoring with 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) in 37 games. Though he was a mainstay on NMU’s always-tough blueline, he did play at the forward position this season. Miller’s most memorable game came back on Nov. 15 when he had a hand in all four Wildcats goals (one goal, three assists) in the 6-4 loss to Minnesota-Duluth.

2007-08: His numbers don’t do him any justice, but Miller had a strong season with the Northern Michigan Wildcats where he was a rock on the predominantly young Wild Cat blueline. The sophomore rearguard  also served as one of the team’s co-captains, providing leadership for the team. Miller had two goals and seven assists in 42 games this season. Miller was particularly strong in his defensive zone coverage this year and noticeably improved his positioning and one-on-one play.

2008-09: Unfortunately, a hip injury brought Miller’s season to a premature finish as he missed the last chunk of the season as a result of the injury. After missing an early December set against Lake Superior State, he returned to play in the Wildcats series against Michigan Tech, but the injury obviously became to difficult for Miller to try to play through as he was unable to suit up again. For the season, Miller played in 16 games, recording two assists and a -6 rating.

2009-10: Miller attended the Devils prospect camp in July, but was unable to play at that time. He likely would have turned pro after his junior season, but after an injury-marred 2008-09 season, Miller returned to the Wildcats for his senior season, looking to put last year behind him and earn a contract.

Talent Analysis

Miller is a versatile, two-way defenseman. At 6’4/210, he is also one of NMU’s biggest players. He is strong on his skates and for a big man gets around the rink remarkably well.  He is smart, defensively-responsible and uses his enormous size and long reach to great advantage, particularly along the boards and corners.

Miller can be found joining the play and loves to shoot. He has a cannon-like shot and has little trouble getting pucks to the net. He has very good puck skills and can make some very nice passes. Though he has the frame, he needs to add some size and strength to it.  As his development progresses, two of Miller’s weaknesses – his transitioning and adding some foot speed, should also improve.