The Boston Bruins assigned Kevan Miller to the Providence Bruins and recalled defenseman David Warsofsky. Miller had logged a goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Dec. 8 and an assist against the Edmonton Oilers. He has been an essential part of the Bruins defense since losing Adam McQuaid to injury.
Miller has shown steady play. This is an indicator of how good the Bruins farm system is. He is defense-first and fits Claude Julien‘s defensive scheme. Miller has played in nine games which means if he plays in another and the Bruins decide to reassign him to Providence he is eligible for waivers. Do to his ability to be a NHL-caliber player the Bruins are sure he would get picked up by another team.
I like this move. McQuaid will be coming back from injury and this gives the Bruins the opportunity to give Warsofsky a look at the pro levels. If Miller is as good as everyone thinks it won’t hurt him to play in the minors. Worst-case scenario he becomes trade bait at the deadline for you to possibly pick up a proven goal scorer. The Bruins have been notorious for doing this. There is no reason Miller can’t be a top six defenseman on another team. It may not be a contender, but he certainty has the ability. The Bruins did say that if Miller is recalled this season he would stay with the team.