While playing for Team USA at the World Junior Championships last season, JT Miller said he learned a valuable lesson of not looking past an opponent and just assuming talent will prevail.
Chris Peters writes at the United States of Hockey that Miller is likely to be one of three players who will return to Team USA from last year’s squad.
Miller, playing for the Whale, would have to get permission from the Rangers to play for Team USA.
The Rangers refused to let Evgeny Grachev play for Russia in his first season in Hartford and ended up regretting the move.
Miller has three assists in four games for the Whale.
THIS SECTION is all about JT Miller and the World Juniors.
THIS SECTION is about all things JT Miller.
At this time last year JT Miller was being considered for a spot on Team USA’s World Junior Team.
At the time, Chris Peters wrote “The U.S. needs a player that’s going to provide traffic and a presence in front of the net and play in the difficult areas of the ice. Miller showed he has the ability to be that guy. Consistency has always been a bugaboo for Miller, so it will be important to keep bringing the game he brought today for the rest of the camp.
Miller made the team and following the tournament Peters wrote “In certain spots of this tournament, Miller was fantastic. In others, he was just kind of there. He showed spurts of his great play-making ability and speed.”
As Miller heads into this year’s tournament, as a veteran and the only returning forward, Peters wrote at the United States of Hockey that was quite impressive at evaluation camp.
“He has terrific speed, immense physical strength and displayed a maturity in his game that I had not seen in the past. Miller can score, but he showed terrific vision and patience. One thing I really like about Miller is that he can play at a high level at varying paces, but seemed to excel in slowing things down in the offensive zone in order to make the right play and allow things to set up a bit. As long as he’s healthy, he’s top-six on this club.”
Julie Robenhymer came away impressed with Miller and said he is a guy “who makes nice crisp passes, has great vision and is a stud in face-offs.”
Chris Peters writes at the United States of Hockey writes that Millers performance yesterday “showed why he’s going to be a key to the team in the World Juniors this year.”
Peters praised the maturity in his game from last year to this year and says “He’s really good at working plays from the half wall and allowing things to develop in front of him. Miller has good speed and strength. He’s shown great vision and confidence in all zones. Another solid effort today.”
Last year at training camp John Tortorella said of Miller “You can see his strength, as far as his playmaking ability. For such a young guy, he’s got the big body, he’s got the big core. So, he’s going to be someone we’ll be watching, and I thought he was part of the best line we had tonight, the most consistent line.”
Adam Rotter: Miller has three options for this coming season. He can make the Rangers, play in Hartford or return to Plymouth where he wouldn’t burn a year off his entry-level deal. It’s kind of similar to where Evgeny Grachev was in 2009-10 after he broke out in the OHL and won rookie of the year. He spent the year in Hartford, wasn’t allowed to play in the WJC, and it’s a move the Rangers regretted in hindsight. I think it would be a big step in his development to play in the World Juniors this year, no matter what level he is at, and be a leader and a guy that Team USA relies on.
At the United States of Hockey, Chris Peters looks at JT Miller and says that there are high expectations for him with Team USA and the World Juniors this year.
He adds that Miller needs to be a leader in the camp and that “His WJC experience and skill-set are needed if the U.S. has plans on competing for a medal in Ufa.”
Brock at OHL Prospects writes of Miller “He’s definitely a hard worker who battles for every inch of ice. He’s also more physical than I thought he’d be. He’s certainly not afraid to rub out a guy in the corner to get a loose puck. But best of all, he knows what to do with the puck. His playmaking skill and vision are definitely assets, as I saw him make a lot of intelligent plays after winning battles in the corners or behind the net. He’s also a committed two way player who works just as hard away from the puck in his own end”
He thinks that if Miller returns to the OHL, he could play in the AHL this season, he would expect him to get up to around 75 points.
USA Hockey has announced that JT Miller has been invited to participate in their evaluation camp for the World Junior Championships.
Miller played for Team USA in the World Juniors last season.
He had two goals and two assists in the tournament last year.
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Steve Fogarty, the third round pick from 2011, has also been invited to the camp.
At The Hockey News, Ryan Kennedy lists the Rangers JT Miller as one of his players in his latest edition of “The Hot List”.
Kennedy says that while Millers’ offense wasn’t “lights out” during the World Juniors, he battled right until the last whistle for team USA and showed off his impressive physical play.
Miller has 13 goals and 26 assists this season for Plymouth.
At Hockey’s Future, Leslie Treff writes “Miller has excellent size, and can crash the net well. He also has very good passing skills on the rush.”
At Blueshirts United, Gordie Clark says that Miller didn’t have a great World Juniors tournament but that he was consistent and plays a “hard game”
JT Miller had two goals and two assists for Team USA at the World Junior Championship.
At the United States of Hockey, Chris Peters writes of Miller:
In certain spots of this tournament, Miller was fantastic. In others, he was just kind of there. He showed spurts of his great play-making ability and speed.
Peters writes that Miller played in all situations and is the only forward on the team that can return next season.
At ESPN Insider, Grant Sonier writes that Miller was consistently good with his physical play.
I don’t think that point are ever going to tell the full story with JT, and he will be someone that you will really need to see early on to appreciate. I didn’t get to watch as much as I wanted to of the tournament, but whenever I did, it seemed like JT was always doing interviews and talking about the team after losses. Maybe he has a shot to follow in Derek Stepan’s footsteps and be the Captain next year for Team USA.
At the United States of Hockey, Chris Peters says “He plays with speed and power. Unafraid of physical contact, Miller gets to the hard areas of the ice and makes plays. He was the best forward at the 2011 Under-18 World Championship and that international success should carry up to the next level. He’s probably going to have his role on the team fleshed out a bit more in the coming days, but he’ll be contributing component for sure.”
The big key with Miller is watching him and seeing how his game has progressed from Traverse City till now.
- Mon., Dec. 26 Denmark Edmonton 6 p.m.
- Wed., Dec. 28 Finland Edmonton 1:30 p.m.
- Fri., Dec. 30 Czech Republic Edmonton 1:30 p.m.
- Sat., Dec. 31 Canada Edmonton 6 p.m.
- Mon., Jan. 2 Quarterfinals Calgary TBD
- Tues., Jan. 3 Semifinals Calgary TBD
- Thurs., Jan. 5 Bronze-Medal Game Calgary 1:30 p.m.
- Thurs., Jan. 5 Gold-Medal Game Calgary 6 p.m.
All games are on the NHL Network.
At the United States of Hockey, Chris Peters continues his excellent work looking at the players USA Hockey will bring to the WJC evaluation camp.
While looking at the forwards, Peters writes this of JT Miller:
He can play center or wing, and contribute offensively. Meanwhile, Miller is strong and physical, never one to shy away from contact. His 6-2, 195-pound frame are perfect for Team USA, which has a multitude of smaller guys in camp. He knows how to use his body and skates with power.
I feel that that perfectly describes why Miller was drafted by the Rangers. That is everything that John Tortorella wants in his players and we saw how competitive and good Miller was in Traverse City. He seems like someone that was built to play under John Tortorella.
Update: 5:44PM: USA Hockey announced that Miller has been invited to the USA Evaluation camp
Original Post: 2:12PM At Buzzing the Net, Nate lists Rangers prospect JT Miller as one of the locks, along with Jack Campbell, for Team USA at the World Junior Championships.
He’s also a playmaker with enough upper-body strength to keep from getting tossed around like a plastic bag caught in an updraft, always a plus given how competitive the games between the top teams at the world junior.
It was suggested earlier in the month that Miller would be on Team USA.
Mike Morreale also writes at NHL.com that Miller should make the team.
The preliminary roster will be unveiled at 5:30PM today.