Read: The JT Miller Situation Right Now

JT MillerSince 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.

Read: Will JT Miller Come Out Of The Lineup When Ryan Callahan Is Ready?

JT Miller

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.

Stats: JT Miller Since He Returned

JT MillerSine 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.


NEWS: JT Miller Called Up/Arron Asham and Dylan McIlrath Sent Down

JT Miller has been called up from Hartford and Dylan McIlrath and Arron Asham have been sent down (Rangers).

McIlrath played in two games, he was a healthy scratch last night against Pittsburgh, and averaged 7:01, was a minus one, had a fight and a high sticking penalty and two hits.

According to Extra Skater, McIlrath was on the ice for 20 shot attempts for and 12 against and 11 shots on goal for and 8 against.

He started 46.2% of his even strength shifts in the defensive zone.

Asham played in three games since being called back up, was a minus two, and played between 3:32 and 6:33 per game. He was also a healthy scratch against the Flames.

Asham was called up on 12/9.

Miller played in two games for the Wolf Pack since being sent down and had 2 goals and an assist.

One of his goals was very Rick Nash-like.

Miller was last sent down on 12/9

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Read: Jim Schoenfeld On Some Of The Hartford Prospects

Danny KristoJohn Giannone, on his Bleeding Blueshirts podcast, asked Jim Schoenfeld about players in Hartford that the Rangers have an eye on.

Schoenfeld said that he hated to name players for fear of leaving one out, but said:

  • “Danny Kristo has very good offensive skills and we have him killing penalties too because we want him to learn to play away form the puck. I don’t believe there is anyone in the American league who is good enough offensively to survive in the NHL with that skill alone. They will have to learn to be two-way players in one way or another. They will need to learn how to finish a check, block a shot, learn to be reliable in the defensive zone, in the neutral zone they will have to understand coverage because it’s going to be increasingly difficult for them to score. You can’t be giving up what you can’t get back. We are trying to turn them into two way players.”
  • “JT Miller has made another trip back to Hartford. He has skill, people have seen his skill. They have seen him score goals, they have seen a good wrist shot, a good release. They have seen courage and toughness. JT Miller is learning to play away from the puck because it’s too risky and the coach doesn’t feel comfortable enough to put him on the ice in certain situations. It goes to play and learn rather than stay here and condition.”
  • “Dylan McIlrath has made great strides this year. He is tough as nails, a good scrapper, good body checker and he is developing his craft.”

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NEWS: Arron Asham called up/JT Miller Sent Down

This is an Arron Asham jerseyThe Rangers have announced that Arron Asham has been called up and that JT Miller has been sent down.

Asham was sent down by the Rangers in mid-October and embraced the idea of working his way back up to the Rangers.

He has played in 12 games for the Wolf Pack and has 2 assists, 5 shots on goal and 19 PIM.

About a week before being sent down, Alain Vigneault said of Asham “He is at the point now in his career where he wants to be in the NHL as long as he can and contribute. He is one of our oldest players and he is fighting to stay in our lineup and to stay in the NHL. He was put on waivers and no one picked him up, so you have 30 teams that have passed on him so now he comes into the lineup and hopefully he can play well for us.”

Miller was recalled on Friday and played 11:49 on Saturday with 2 shots and 9:01 last night with 0 shots and a minus two rating.

Adam Rotter: Honestly, I had forgotten about Asham. Besides seeing the odd note here and there that he was missing games in Hartford due to being hurt and then returning, I had forgotten that he was still Rangers property. He isn’t a solution to any of the Rangers issues, but he does bring some toughness and grit that the team is lacking. If anything, Asham is a better use of a spot in the lineup than Benoit Pouliot, who scored last night but was mostly ineffective and spent most of the night going offsides.

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