BlueLines for BlueShirts: July 29th, J.T. Miller & more!

J.T. Miller at the NHL Draft in Minnesota (AP)

You’re not quite sure if the news of J.T. Miller signing an entry-level contract yesterday, expediting his professional development just a tad, is a good or a bad thing yet. He did renege on his verbal commitment to the University of North Dakota to instead play for the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL. In doing so, Miller will have a chance to showcase his talents to Rangers brass this training camp but all signs point to him going to the OHL for his first season as a pro hockey player. The Rangers went off the board to draft him 15th overall so they must see something in his game other teams didn’t; they must feel the gamble is worth it. And to have him join the professional ranks this early indicates they feel he can contribute sooner rather than later. Either way, the news yesterday means J.T. Miller’s path the Rangers is a little shorter than before.

Join me after the jump for some Rangers’ related article.

Here’s the official release of J.T. Miller signing with the Whalers, including quotes from Miller. [Plymouth Whalers]

Continuing his series, Sam McCaig evaluates the NHL’s best defensemen. Marc Staal ranks 20th. Agree? [Puck Daddy]

If you’re looking for a “different” stance on Marc Staal’s overall game, check out what Kevin DeLury had to say in response to the above article. [The New York Rangers Blog]

Jim Cerny has a must-read piece on how the Rangers’ players are excited for the overall direction of the team. [Blueshirts United]

Joe Fortunato believes the Rangers do NOT need another elite winger. Why? The price [Blueshirt Banter]

Anyone interested in how the MSG renovations should definitely check out this interactive video. [MSG Transformation]

 

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Topics: J.T. Miller, Madison Square Garden, Marc Staal, New York Rangers, NHL, NHL Draft, OHL, Plymouth Whalers, University Of North Dakota, USHL

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