Potential Rangers on Their Way Out

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JT Miller

JT Miller (47) shoots one past Islanders Goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20) in a 2013 Regular season game between the Rangers and Islanders. This game was Miller’s home debut at MSG. Mandatory Credit: Seth Wenig (AP).

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun started this rumor late yesterday, saying that the organization felt that Miller (15, 2011 Draft) did not live up to expectations, and that he was a high injury risk (had a nagging wrist injury that should be all but healed by the time training camp starts).

I am going to squash this rumor, as I don’t buy it one bit.

This was Miller’s first year of seeing NHL action, where he played little to no minutes under John Tortorella’s “trust” system. Do I see him bouncing back next year? Yes, in the AHL. There’s a good chance that Miller will start out in the AHL, but I do expect him to be back on the Rangers during the course of the season, as I’m sure Alain Vigneault would like to get a look at him to see just how good he is.

If the Rangers were to trade Miller it’d need to be for a good reason, and it’d also need to be that they don’t feel that he can fit into the Rangers blueprint for the future. Which I also highly doubt.

Potential of Miller Getting Traded: Really Low to Low
Compensation: Mid to Late Pick, Mid -Level Prospect

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Tags: Brian Boyle Carolina Hurricanes Daniel Girardi John Tortorella JT Miller Marc Staal Michael Del Zotto New York Rangers NHL Draft Offseason

  • boomer621

    Let’s see if I understand; Del Zotto is a complete failure (although he’s lead all Rangers Dmen in points 3 of the last 4 years), yet the we can expect ‘high draft picks’ or high level prospect’ in return. Those other teams sure don’t know hockey like you do.

    • Rangers19

      He can put up points but he’s a poor defenseman, other teams can see his potential, he still has a year or two to improve or else he’ll most likely be moved.

  • boomer621

    I agree, but this idea that he’s the worst defenseman ever is not really fair. After all, he was a plus 20 in 2011-12. I think AV’s style suits his game better than Tort’s did. He needs to really step-up in 2013-14. And I expect him to do so.