Everyone remembers last year’s fiasco with Chris Kreider and the New York Rangers. He was shuffled up and down between the NHL and the AHL for most of the year. The J.T. Miller situation this year is starting to look similar to that and needs to be fixed right now.
Miller is one of the Rangers’ best young prospects, but in order for him to get better he needs to play. Whether he plays in the NHL or AHL is up to Alain Vigneault and Glen Sather, but they can’t afford to have a repeat of the Kreider incidents from last year. Either you keep him in the lineup in the NHL or send him down and let him play and develop in the AHL.
In the Rangers’ game against the Anaheim Ducks on Monday Miller was a healthy scratch. This does nothing for the organization and the player. What is the point of keeping him off the ice? He needs to play, and personally I think he should be kept in the NHL. He is a smart two-way player who will eventually start scoring. With Rick Nash out of the lineup for the foreseeable future the Rangers need another speed element in the lineup. Brandon Mashinter is not a guy who should be on the third line. Same goes for Taylor Pyatt. They are just too slow to be consistent third line players.
Miller is back in the lineup for tonight’s tilt against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Let’s see if Vigneault decides to take the training wheels off and let the kid play some real minutes.