The Rangers called up 2011 first round pick JT Miller yesterday and Miller may make his NHL debut tonight against the Devils.
Miller, 19, has spent the season with the Whale scoring eight goals and adding 12 assists in 37 games.
As Leslie Treff notes, since Miller signed his entry-level contract when he as 18, a month after he was drafted, it has the chance to “slide” twice unless he plays five games in the NHL this season. If Miller plays more than five games this season the first year of his entry level deal will burn off.
Having a contract “slide” would extend it by another year and time on Miller’s contract would not start counting until next season.
This would be the same situation that the Rangers had with Evgeny Grachev. He signed when he was 18, was assigned to the OHL where he had his contract slide, then he played for the Whale in 2009 as a 19-year old and had his contract slide again. Grachev is now in the final year of his entry-level deal with the Blues.
Adam Rotter: The Rangers don’t concern themselves with burning entry-level years as they signed Chris Kreider to an entry-level deal last spring and then promptly burned a year of it while playing him in the playoffs. The same will be the case with Miller. I imagine they will give Miller a few games, then maybe sit him so we can watch one, play him again and decide if he is better off with the Rangers or with the Whale for the rest of the season.