Last night against the Bruins, JT Miller played 12:24 and had 7 hits, one giveaway and was 2 and 7 on faceoffs.
Miller’s hits came in the:
- First period against Dan Paille
- First period against Zdeno Chara, Nathan Horton, Dougie Hamilton (One Shift)
- Second period against Adam McQuaid
- Second period against Rich Peverly
- Third period against Johnny Boychuk
Miller’s ice time splits were:
- First period: six shifts, 5:21, 53 second average
- Second period: 4 shifts, 4 minutes, 60 second average
- Third period, five shifts, 3:03, 36 second average
There was around a seven minute stretch in the middle of the third period where Miller didn’t play.
At Rangers Report, Carp writes of Miller’s game against the Bruins “I thought it was a very tough first period for J.T. Miller. The teenager actually had a tough night in a tough place against a tough team. I thought he got better later in the game, though”
Pat Leonard writes in the Daily News that after some shifts where Miller had serious struggles and was a liability, the Rangers will need to consider what to do with him and that would include sending him down.
What Dave Maloney, John Tortorella, Billy Jaffe and Ken Daneyko Said About Miller Over The Weekend
Dave Maloney was asked about Miller before the game against Tampa and praised the poise that he shows, both with the puck and his fearlessness about trying to make a play.
John Tortorella said recently, “you can see his instincts. He isn’t afraid to make a play. He has a little bit of that in him. The arrogance”
On Hockey Night Live over the weekend,Maloney said, “lets not make a career out of two goals, but there are things to get excited about. Goal scoring is not his forte, he is a good offensive player, smart with the puck, big and strong and versatile.”
Billy Jaffe spoke with scouts who had Miller’s future on the third line and not as a high end offensive player. Ken Daneyko said that when a team gets a spark, like the one Miller brought, it can be infectious.