New York Rangers: Starting J.T. Miller On 4th Line Is A Bad Idea
On Tuesday, the New York Rangers announced that they will be calling up young forward J.T. Miller due to the recent waiving of both goaltender Martin Biron and forward Aaron Asham. He will be starting in Wednesday night’s game at the Washington Capitals.
Everyone knew either Miller or Chris Kreider, or maybe even both, would have been the call-ups not only due to the two waivers, but because All-Star winger Rick Nash is currently on the team’s IR. I was glad that the Rangers decided on calling up Miller since he was impressive this preseason unlike Kreider, who needs to learn that hard work, dedication and effort is what gets you in the NHL.
However, according to an article by Pat Leonard of the Daily News, Miller will be starting against the Capitals tonight on the fourth line. Why would the team do that?
How is Miller going to show what he can do and what he did in the preseason if he will not be getting the proper minutes, and be on a line with career fourth-liners Dominic Moore and Derek Dorsett?
I am really hoping that head coach Alain Vigneault decides to change the lines up either before or during the game because this I feel is very unfair to Miller. Why should guys like Taylor Pyatt and Brian Boyle, who are invisible on most nights, get more ice time then a promising young rookie who has potential second- or first-line talent?
It just does not make sense to me and with Nash hurt, I think it is time for the Rangers to experiment with youth to see what they bring to the table in order to get some wins, because many of the veterans on this Rangers’ team are coming empty-handed.