Recap: JT Miller’s Comments Today

JT MillerJT Miller spoke with the Rangers website today prior to his return to the lineup:

  • On the back and forth, “It happens. When you are young in your career you have bumps and you need to get used to them and I am just thankful for the opportunity.”
  • On his time in HFD, “It’s a different role and you need to get used to it and help the team anyway that you can. The minutes are good for conditioning and learning how to play all of those minutes and you need to make shifts shorter and make the most of it. Here it will be less than that but I just want to make every shift count and I am happy to get back in.”
  • Has there been a message from the coaches, “not really. You need to know your game and when you go down you need to play at both ends of rink and can’t take it for granted. You can’t lose respect for that league and you need to play your game no matter what level you are at. My worry is getting consistent on the ice and trying to play a two-way game the best that I can. Try not to take shifts off, work on my skills as well. You can never stop getting better at those and focusing on those.”

  • On skating with Brassard and Hagelin, “It would be a privilege to play with guys like that. Brass is a super skilled player and Hags’ speed can turn the line around. If I get the chance to play with them I need to be the first one on a the forecheck, bang some bodies around being the bigger guy and try to make some space for those two. Make some plays if I can but move my feet and try to get the game going.”
  • On being physical, “I am at my best, no matter the role, when I am skating and being physical. If I can separate some people to give them space we could do some things. It should be easy to get up for this game.”
  • On Brady Skjei and Team USA, “I know Brady pretty well. He has a really bright future ahead of him. He is a great skater, a good puck mover and can play the PP. From what I saw he can be a big part of that team. He needs to take it day by day.”