After Rangers practice today, JT Miller spoke about how he played last night and his first struggles at the NHL level.
Miller told Ranger Rants that he doesn’t think he was at his best last night and that he needs to make simple plays, work harder and think less about what he is doing on the ice and spend more time reacting.
Miller had seven hits but said that he needs to do more than that and get pucks deep, “I’ve got to have more poise, be stronger on the boards against some of their big D. I probably turned it over a couple times more than I should have. I’ve just got to simplify things.”
John Tortorella said that the biggest thing for the Rangers is to constantly assess Miller and see where his strengths lie and where his weaknesses lie, “you can’t get too excited when things are going really well for a young kid, you can’t get too down on them either when there’s a struggle and there was a struggle last night. So we’ll just see how it settles and we’ll make our decision as we go forth here.”
Tortorella added, at ESPN NY, that some bumps are expected with such a young player and that “we think he’s going to be a really good player, we’re just not sure how quickly it’s going to come.
The Rangers decision on Miller won’t have anything to do with the fact that if he plays in six games this season the time on his contract would start.