Read: Looking At JT Miller Since Being Sent Down

JT MillerLarry Brooks tweets that the Rangers will announce roster moves tomorrow morning and that JT Miller is expected to be called up.

Alain Vigneualt said today that without Rick Nash and Carl Hagelin for the immediate future, the team was looking to add some more skilled players.

One player that they may consider calling up is JT Miller, who in 3 games for the Wolf Pack has 4 goals and 11 shots

His four goals have come

  • From just outside the crease, Miller puts a rebound into an empty net
  • Ryan Bourque hits the post and Miller puts in the rebound at the far post
  • From just inside the right faceoff circle, Miller deflects the puck in
  • From in between the circles and in close, Miller puts home a Marek Hrivik pass

Alain Vigneault said that Miller was sent down because “In talking with both Glenn and Jeff about our numbers situation, we just felt that him being such a young player that he needed to play and having two extra forwards didn’t make sense. We are playing against LA and SJ, two big teams so I knew I was going to put Arron in the lineup sooner than later so we just felt that it was better to send him to Hartford to play some games, he played today and I heard he scored two goals. Real good start for him.”

Leslie Treff writes at HF Rangers  that Miller looked like a complete player in his game last Sunday for the Wolf Pack. She says that Miller was playing with “passion and a fire that exceeded every other skater on the ice.” Treff says that Miller looks to be NHL ready but he told her that the team told him to focus on being consistent night in and night out.

Treff writes at Hockey’s Future that Miller is NHL ready and using his frame and skating skills to go to the net and bang along the boards.

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News: Rangers Send JT Miller To Hartford

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11:22AM: The Rangers have made the move official.

10:44AM: The Rangers, via the AHL Transaction wire, have sent JT Miller to Hartford.

Miller played 11:58 on Thursday night, took a penalty, had 1 shot on goal, two shots blocked and one hit. He was 1 and 1 on faceoffs.

Miller, on a line with Dominic Moore and Derek Dorsett, played 4:38 in the first, 3:01 in the second and 4:19 in the third.

Alain Vigneault said earlier in the week, “I see potential in that young man. A real solid skill set that like any other young player, he needs to get better every day and have the right attitude to push him to be become the best player he can be. There is upside there and it’s our job as a staff and his job as a player to work on him being the best he can be.”

For more on Miller, including his preseason impact, CLICK HERE.

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Read: The Final Two Forward Spots

JT MillerAlain Vigneault noted after the Rangers loss to the Kings that there are two forward spots up for grabs and that the decision will be made on Saturday and announced on Sunday.

Larry Brooks writes in the NY Post that the top candidates for those two spots are Arron Asham, Darroll Powe, Marek Hrivik, JT Miller and Chris Kreider.

Brooks says that Miller’s “tenacious” play seems to have earned him a spot and that at this point it would be “stunning” if Miller doesn’t make the team.

Miller told the Daily News that he knew he wasn’t a lock for the roster and that his focus was on earning his way onto the roster.

Brooks says that Chris Kreider seems like a long-shot, even after improving his game on Friday night. Kreider told Brooks that he spoke with the staff earlier in the week about being accountable and that he doesn’t worry himself with where he is on the depth chart.”

Kreider told the Daily News that he thinks he has started to shake off some rust and is starting to come along and play better each night.

The Rangers need to be under the salary cap by Monday at 3PM.

Stats: JT Miller Last Night

JT MillerIn his first preseason game, JT Miller played 14:40 and saw time on both the PP and the PK.

Miller’s icetime broke down as:

  • First Period: 5:04 total (3:50 at even strength, 1:14 shorthanded)
  • Second Period: 4:26 total (3:46 at even strength, 40 seconds on PP)
  • Third Period: 5:10 total (4:13 at even strength, 57 seconds on PP)

Miller had a goal, 2 shots, 1 shot blocked and was 8 and 6 on faceoffs.

Alain Vigneault said last night that there were a lot of good parts to Miller’s game.

Adam Rotter: I think Miller has put himself into the top spot of players fighting for a roster spot on opening night. He went to the net, which is what Alain Vigneault is trying to emphasize, and wasn’t shying away from anything. I think his spot would be more secure if he hadn’t missed the early part of camp but while some guys may have impressed in practice, Miller made a big impact in a game and did a lot to help his cause last night.

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Recap: What JT Miller Said Today

JT Miller said today, via SNY’s Nick Licalzi

  • On expectations for this season, “My goal is to make the team and it’s going to take a lot in the next couple of games. Hopefully I get a chance to play in the preseason and I gotta make the most of it.  I gotta take advantage of my opportunity.”
  • On the injury setting him back, “this stuff happens, but I try not to worry about the past, and instead get better, faster and catch up on what I missed.”
  • On the biggest thing he took out of last season, “Being consistent in thegame. You can’t have too many bad shifts or bad games. I want to stay consistent and fight through games when things aren’t going my way.”
  • On his wrist, “my wrist is fine.”

Note: JT Miller Isn’t Skating Today

2:28PM Alain Vigneault told SNY’s Nick Licalzi, about Miller’s status “I didn’t ask today. When the guy isn’t around I don’t do a lot of checking.”

Rangers PR then said that they would check with Rammer and update Vigneault.

2:14PM: According to Katie Strang, JT Miller isn’t skating with his group today and is unlikely to play in either of the Rangers preseason games this week against New Jersey and Philly.

Miller left the ice on Friday with a hamstring issue but skated for a little while yesterday

Read: What JT Miller Did With His WJC Gold Medal

In early January, JT Miller was part of Team USA’s Gold Medal winning team at the World Junior Championships.

Miller though, as he mentioned during a between periods interview with MSG during his debut, is no longer in possession of his Gold Medal as he buried it with his great grandfather.

Miller told Mike Morreale at, “not many can say they had a special relationship with a great grandparent, but that was something very special to me.”

Morreale says that what Miller did, “will certainly go down as an amazing display of love and affection for a man who meant the world to Miller.”

Note: JT Miller’s Wrist Is Better But Not 100%

JT MillerJT Miller spoke with the Rangers website recently and said that while his injured wrist is doing better, he is not yet at 100%.

He did say that his wrist isn’t stopping him from doing anything in his offseason workouts and that he would be able to play if the season started right now.

Miller said that the injury came at a time when he was starting to feel comfortable at the NHL level and something that caused him to make mistakes when he tried to play through it.

He has been dealing with a wrist issue since March and was sent home during the playoffs to allow his wrist to heal.

Gordie Clark has said that if Miller was healthy he would have played in the playoffs.