The New York Rangers have finally made their last roster cuts for their opening night lineup. J.T. Miller was one of the more surprising names on the list, but the 20 year old deserved this opportunity.
Miller played in 26 games last year while posting two goals and two assists for four points. He started off really strong, but struggled with inconsistency as the season went along. He was eventually sent down the AHL and his season was ended because of a wrist injury. Miller missed a couple of preseason games with a minor injury, but shined in his two preseason games. He was one of, if not the best player on the ice for the Rangers.
Unlike another talented young forward, Chris Kreider, Miller has proved so far that he has learned how to play on both ends of the ice. As a center, he is a key part of the team’s defensive coverage. Miller has crazy speed and great hands. His hockey IQ is also through the roof for such a young player. He could start off the season as a winger on the second line.
I think he plays his best as a center but with the Ranger having so many options at that position, he might be the odd man out. However, Alain Vigneault has hinted that other players such as Brian Boyle, Derick Brassard and Brad Richards could also play the wing.
Nevertheless, Miller has had an impressive camp so far. If he can continue to build upon his preseason success, he could be a dark horse for the Rangers until they get completely healthy again.