9:56PM: Vigneault said today, “we sent him down to Hartford to play in the middle and I talked to Schoeny and Ken yesterday and he needs to get more seasoning there. I see a possible future where he might be a center. He is comfortable on the wing, I want to see him in the minors and see how he does. On our team right now that is the place where there is availability, if a guy can go down there and learn. JT has tremendous upside and his overall attitude and the way he behaved this year was so professional. I talked to him yesterday about what we are doing and he is going to go down there and work real hard and when we need him again he will be there for us.”
2:24PM: Alain Vigneault said on Saturday that the Rangers sent JT Miller to Hartford to play center. (NYR)
Vigneault said that he wants Miller to get more “seasoning” down in Hartford because his future with the Rangers is likely to be at center. (NYR)
For more on Miller, CLICK HERE.
The demotion of JT Miller is a “rush to judgment” on the part of the Rangers after a “very good” camp and then up and down start to the season. (NY Post)
Miller could be a trade chip for the Rangers but not for a “band-aid” type player like a 5th or 6th defenseman. Miller should be used, if the situation comes about, to try and acquire a player like Joe Thornton or Eric Staal. Larry Brooks says that if the Rangers find themselves in a position where a center like Thornton or Staal could put them over the top, Miller could be part of that kind of a deal. (NY Post)
There could also come a time where Alain Vigneault may “invest trust and patience” in Miller but right now Vigneault “needs convincing regarding Miller’s viability as a Ranger.” (NY Post)
Adam Rotter: The story with Miller is the same as it was with Chris Kreider last year. It’s not where he starts but where he finishes. Miller is no good sitting in the press box while Alain Vigneault tries out Ryan Malone and keeps Kevin Hayes in the lineup. He needs to play, play well and show that he is above being an AHLer and ready for a full-time NHL role. If he does that he will be back up and with Rangers on a consistent basis.
The Rangers have sent JT Miller and Jesper Fast down to Hartford and called up Chris Mueller.
Fast played in three games to start the season, was a minus one, had three shots on goal, 2 blocked shots and an average of 12:41 per game. He also saw 1:47 per game on the PK.
Miller was a minus four in three games, had 7 shots on goal, 4 hits, 3 blocked shots, 1 giveaway, 3 takeaways, 9 faceoff wins and 14 losses and average of 12:06 per game.
Starting tomorrow the Wolf Pack have 3 games in four nights.
For more on Mueller, who will wear #14, CLICK HERE.
Adam Rotter: I thought Miller and/or Fast would get in on Sunday but instead they go to Hartford to play rather than sit in the press box. This should mean that Marty St. Louis is done playing center and will go back to the wing, maybe with Kevin Hayes in the middle like we saw at times last night. I liked Mueller during the preseason and I like anything that will get Marty back to the wing.
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9/28/14 | 8:40PM: Miller said that he put more work in during the offseason so he expects better results. (Newsday)
9/27/14 | 2:21PM: In his second preseason game, JT Miller had a goal, played 16:10, had 3 shots on goal, 2 shots that were blocked, 1 shot that missed the net, 1 blocked shot and 13 faceoff wins and 5 losses.
Alain Vigneault said that he was happy with Miller’s strong performance on faceoffs and that he is going through the process of becoming a better player.”
Asked to evaluate his game so far, Miller said that he thinks he has been “solid” but still needs to work on things like managing the puck and not forcing as many plays. (MSG)
Rick Nash was asked about Miller and said “I think the biggest thing is that his game has matured a lot from the last season, not only on the ice but off the ice, he understands what it means to take that next step and become a permanent NHL guy.”
JT Miller had two primary assists on Monday night against the Devils to go along with 1 hit, 1 giveaway, 2 takeaways, 1 blocked shot and 8 faceoff wins and 10 faceoff losses.
Miller didn’t register a shot attempt on Monday night in his 14:26 of ice time. He played 4:35 in the first period, 4:46 in the second period and 5:05 in the third period.
On Miller’s game, Alain Vigneault said “I thought that JT had some good moments. You can see the skill set and he was battling hard on the puck, made some nice plays. For a first exhibition game, a chance to see him in the middle, I think he did some good things.”
Miller played an “assertive” game and was effective both on the PP and at even strength. (NY Post)
For a lot more on Miller and his training camp, CLICK HERE.
2:06PM: AV said today, “On guys playing middle and wing, “I would say that versatility is a big bonus. In JT and Hayes, they are starting in the middle and as the camp unfolds we will look at decisions that need to be made. Nash on the right side, Nash on the left, things like that.” (via Lohud on Soundcloud)
1:02PM: Kevin Hayes and JT Miller are both opening training camp as centers. (Steve Zipay)
Hayes has played mostly wing at BC but played center during the Traverse City tournament.
Miller said that his preference is to play center but can also play wing. He said that center has started to “fit” him better in the pro game and while he has made strides, he still needs to work on his defensive zone coverage. (Rangers)
Last season Miller was 26 and 25 on faceoffs and two years ago, Miller was 63 and 55 on faceoffs.
JT Miller says that he is a more “mature” player this season, in better shape and his mindset is all about “playing hockey.” (Rangers)
Miller says that he feels more ready to play in the NHL and feels that he has made strides as a center though still needs to work on his defensive coverage. (Rangers)
Alain Vigneault made comments about Miller needing to show more commitment on and off the ice.
The organization has made Miller aware of the opportunity he has this season.
For more on Miller, CLICK HERE.
Miller called his actions last year in training camp, showing up the day before it started, as “unprofessional.” (NY Post)
The Rangers want Miller to “force his way” into a “meaningful” role. (NY Post)