After playing his breakout season for the Rangers last year, J.T. Miller proved his worth as one of the team’s top point scorers in 2016-17.
Following his career-high 46 points (22 goals, 21 assists) last season for the Rangers, Miller topped this, breaking the 50-point mark in his second full season for the team. Miller tied his career high 22 goals and had a career-high 34 assists for 56 points.
This was by far Miller’s most consistent play throughout a full regular season. He was physical in all three zones, constantly won battles in the neutral zone and along the boards, set up good scoring chances and made smart shots on net.
Miller had a strong first round in the playoffs, working his strong physical play but only managed one point in Game Six. In round two, he managed two more. Not much for one of the Rangers top point scorers throughout the regular season.
Miller’s low production in the postseason is disappointing but it does not diminish the importance of his strong performance in the regular season. The fact that Miller has been consistent, playing two full 82 game seasons in the last two years, and because he followed a breakout season with an even stronger season shows that Miller has room to grow.
His regular season shows that he has the potential to sit atop the stat sheet for years to come.