The Rangers have sent JT Miller back to the Wolf Pack. (Wolf Pack)
Miller played three games after being called up last week. He had 1 goal, 1 assist, 8 shots and played 12:18, 13:00, 14:59.
From the AHL: “A player must be on an AHL roster at 3 ET Wed. to be eligible to be sent down from the NHL the rest of the season.”
The Rangers have called up JT Miller from Hartford. (Rangers)
On the season Miller has 26 points in 26 games in the AHL.
Since being sent down in early January, Miller has 17 points (3 goals and 14 assists) in 18 games.
Miller has 57 shots on goal in those 18 games.
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The Wolf Pack dropped both games that they played this weekend:
- Conor Allen: (Friday) plus one, 2 shots, hooking penalty (Saturday) 1 assist, plus one, 3 shots
- Ryan Bourque: (Friday) minus one, 5 shots (Saturday) 1 goal, 3 shots
- JT Miller: (Friday) minus one, 1 shot, slashing penalty (Saturday) 1 assist, 3 shots
- Marek Hrivik: (Friday) minus one (Saturday) plus one, 2 shots
- Oscar Lindberg: (Friday) 2 goals, 1 assist, plus one, 2 shots (Saturday) minus two, 2 shots
- Jesper Fast: (Friday) 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 shots (Saturday) 4 shots
- Danny Kristo: (Friday) minus one, 1 shot (Saturday) minus one, 1 shot
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1/11/14 1:29PM: The Rangers wanted JT Miller to play this weekend and if they need him he is only “a phone call away.” (Rangers)
1/10/14 10:12PM: The Rangers are sending JT Miller to Hartford so that he can play on Saturday and Sunday for the Wolf Pack. (Rangers)
The Wolf Pack play the AHL Penguins on Saturday and the Sound Tigers on Sunday.
The Wolf Pack lost 3-1 to the AHL Sharks tonight.
On MSG, Dave Maloney said that Miller is not a fourth line player and that going to Hartford should benefit him.
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Since being called up, JT Miller has played in eight games and has played at least 10 minutes in 6 of those games..
He has 1 goal and 1 assist since returning and according to Extra Skater, when on the ice, the Rangers have had more than 50% of the shot attempts in 5 of the games games.
Miller said that he has worked on his defensive game lately and that he has become a more mature pro hockey player this season. (NY Post)
Alain Vigneault likes JT Miller at center and likes how he has played both with and without the puck. He adds that he likes that Miller does bring versatility with an ability to play wing. (Daily News)
Miller has been a healthy scratch twice since being called back up, on 1/3 when Ryan Callahan returned and last nigh with the insert of Dan Carcillo.
Vigneault said on Wednesday that the coaches have been happy with Miller and that the more he has seen him the more he has seen the potential that Miller has to be an effective player.” (NY Post)
Adam Rotter: It’s pretty simple with Miller. If he is a healthy scratch for one, maybe two more games, he will be sent down and someone else will be called up to be the 13th forward. Miller has been better each time he has been called up but the rest of the Rangers forwards are healthy right now and he doesn’t have a defined spot. Miller needs to play to keep developing and there is nothing wrong with him going to Hartford and playing big minutes in all situations. That may be what it comes down to and Miller will get another call up when needed.
12:09PM: Miller is out tonight and Alain Vigneault says that it’s because of the numbers game. (Steve Zipay)
8:22AM: JT Miller is the most likely forward to come out of the lineup when Ryan Callahan is ready to return to the Rangers lineup, which could happen as early as tonight. (NY Post)
Callahan would likely join Brad Richards and Mats Zuccarello on the second line with Derick Brassard replacing Miller as center on the third line between Carl Hagelin and Benoit Pouliot. (NY Post)
Miller has been playing his most consistent hockey lately but doesn’t have a spot if he isn’t in the top-nine, since the fourth line of Brian Boyle, Dominic Moore and Derek Dorsett will likely stay intact. (NY Post)
Adam Rotter: It becomes a numbers game and Miller still has the option to go to the minors without going through waivers so he will likely be the one to come out. People will want Brian Boyle out of the lineup for Miller but Boyle, for all his ineffectiveness in the offensive zone, is a valuable penalty killer for the Rangers. If it is Miller that is scratched they should send him down and call someone else up, Darroll Powe maybe, to be the extra forward after this weekend’s games. Miller needs to play and continue on the path he has forged in his last few games.
Sine returning to the Rangers, JT Miller has 1 goal, 9 shots on goal and has played 11:22, 13:23 and 9:29.
On faceoffs, Miller is 9 and 10 since returning and according to Extra Skater he has been on the ice for 29 attempts for and 20 against.
Alain Vigneault said after the Rangers beat the Maple Leafs that Miller “has been good, he has been effective. Every time he is on the ice he has been dependable. Maybe it is him playing at his natural position but I think at both ends of the rink he has done some really good things for us.”
Dave Maloney said that Miller looks like he fits better at his natural position of center.