For some reason J.T. Miller just can’t pick up Alain Vigneault‘s system. The New York Rangers‘ talented 20 year old forward was called up on Friday and played in the games against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday and then against the Washington Capitals on Sunday. The Rangers decided to recall Arron Asham to replace Miller.
Personally I did not think Miller played bad at all against the Devils on Saturday. He had a couple of scoring opportunities and was playing well on the fore-check. He was playing very physical and had one massive check while he was fore-checking. Last night none of the Rangers played well and Miller shouldn’t receive any more blame than the other 19 guys who dressed for the game, but this is becoming a problem for him. Vigneault obviously doesn’t like the way Miller plays in his system, and it would be shocking to me if the Rangers hold onto Miller for the rest of this season.
The Rangers are in desperate need of a big, physical forward who can put the puck in the back of the net. While no one is expecting the Rangers to go and get Milan Lucic, a player like him would be something the Rangers need. Miller is one of the Rangers’ biggest trade chips. He is so young and so talented that many teams around the league would definitely be interested in him.
Personally I love the way Miller plays and think he is getting a raw deal right now. He hasn’t played more than four games in a row yet this season. The best way for him to get better is for the Rangers to let him play. This situation is starting to look just like the Chris Kreider–John Tortorella situation from last year. It is not good for Miller and it is not good for the Rangers.
I would be shocked if Miller finishes this season on the Rangers roster. I expect him to be traded at some point before the trade deadline but think the Rangers would be foolish to do that.