Fantasy Hockey: G Ryan Miller Starting Strong With St. Louis Blues
In a huge blockbuster deal at the NHL Trade Deadline, the Buffalo Sabres decided to ship future free agent goaltender, Ryan Miller, over to the St. Louis Blues. In return, Buffalo received the early-round drafts pick that the team wanted and St. Louis finally had an answer to their problems in net.
In 40 games with the Sabres, Miller posted a miserable 15-22-3 record. It wasn’t the best record, but he still managed to boast a .923 Save Percentage. Fortunately, the veteran moves from a Buffalo team that is the worst in the league to a St. Louis team that is loaded with offensive firepower and leading the NHL with 88 points. The move has caused Miller’s fantasy hockey value has gone through the roof.
Miller made his St. Louis debut on Sunday against the Phoenix Coyotes. He saved 23-of-25 shots and picked up his first win in a St. Louis sweater. It was great performance form the veteran between the pipes.
On Tuesday night, Miller had yet another strong debut. In Miller’s home debut against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the veteran only faced 15 shots. He let in two goals in the first period and appeared nervous in the early minutes of the game, but he quickly settled down and managed to pick up another 4-2 win.
Miller finally has a solid offense in front of him to help him pick up more wins, but more importantly he has some strong play from the blueline. Miller’s days of seeing 30-plus shots on a nightly basis is over, and while the former Olympic superstar will see a serious drop in save attempts, his win totals will skyrocket with the Blues.
Miller will be a top-10 fantasy goalie moving forward. He will get plenty of chances to rack up wins with the Blues and will once again be a must-start in all fantasy formats.