One of the roster moves the New York Rangers made recently in an attempt to generate more secondary scoring was to recall rookie forward J.T. Miller from the AHL Connecticut Whale. Miller, the 15th overall pick in the 2011 draft, is just 19 years old and has been impressive in his first two NHL games.
Miller scored twice against the New York Islanders on Thursday night, in just his second career game. The speedy winger had eight goals and 20 points with the Wahle before he was recalled, and also won a gold medal with Team USA at the World Junior Championship in January. Miller was drafted by the Rangers after two seasons with the U.S. National Development team, and spent the 2011-12 season with the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL. He scored 25 goals while reaching 62 points for the Whalers, while playing in 61 games. He joined Connecticut for the 2012 AHL playoffs, and got his first professional point with one assist in eight games played.
Playing on a line with last year’s rookie sensation Chris Kreider and a recently-returned Ryan Callahan, Miller has thrived in New York as he brings speed and strength as a forward with great size. For really mind-blowing stats, consider that he has only been on the ice for 13 minutes in his two games, and only has four shots on goal!
The Rangers have won two of their last three games to pull their record even at 5-5. If Miller continues his hot play, it may be hard for the team to not consider keeping him in the NHL for the entire season.