At The United States of Hockey, Chris Peters writes that with the way he is playing during the evaluation camp, JT Miller may have a great shot at playing for the USA at the World Junior Championships.
Peters writes that Miller is using his strong skating and speed to beat defenders.
He does say that Miller needs to avoid taking penalties.
This is very encouraging and it would be great to see Miller keep the tradition of Ranger prospects playing in the WJC alive. He has the kind of style of play that every team needs and will be an asset for Team USA if he makes it.
Team USA plays Sweden at 1PM in their last game of the camp.
In the final installment of the Rangers “20 Prospects in 20 Days” series, Gordie Clark says that JT Miller could play well anywhere because of his hockey sense.
Clark says that the number one thing about Miller is his hockey sense.
Miller chose to play with the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL rather than play in the NCAA’s with North Dakota.
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More and more I like the pick of JT Miller for the Rangers. I think that he will be another addition to the Rangers growing core of players. He has good sense, good skill, works hard and makes them tougher to play against. Those are the kinds of players that are needed to win.
Cap Geek writes that JT Miller’s cap hit will be $1.275 million on his entry-level contract.
He has a signing bonus of $92,500 for all three seasons and performance bonuses of $525,000 for the second and third years of the deal.
Miller will have an AHL salary of $70,000
He signed his entry-level deal last week and also signed up with the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL.
Miller was invited to Team USA’s World Junior camp as well.
Miller’s contract won’t start until he turns 20 or plays 10 games in the NHL during one of the next two seasons.
USA Hockey announced that 2011 first round JT Miller is among 40 players selected to participate in their World Junior Evaluation Camp.
Miller played for the US National Development team the past two seasons.
Miller signed an entry-level deal with the Rangers last week, but is likely to play with Plymouth of the OHL.
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Chris Johnston tweets that 2011 first round pick JT Miller has signed on to play with the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL.
Miller signed an entry-level deal with the Rangers yesterday.
He said that he is excited to get to Plymouth and described himself as “a big forward who likes to use my speed to my advantage. I try to get pucks to the net and be in front of the net as much as possible.”
Miller can play with Plymouth this season, and then with the Whale next season, if the Rangers think that he is ready. His contract will slide and won’t take any years off as long as he doesn’t play 10 games in the NHL.
Miller was originally a fifth round pick of the Whalers in the 2009 OHL draft.
Update: 11:03AM: The Rangers have sent through a press release.
Original Post:The Rangers have announced that they have signed 2011 first round pick JT Miller to an entry level contract.
Miller is eligible to play for Hartford this season.
He is 6-1, 198 and had 11 goals and 26 assists for the US National team last season.
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This certainly knocks out any chance he had of playing at North Dakota this season. Plymouth is an option, but so is playing with the Whale since he wasn’t drafted out of the CHL. This is a pretty interesting move.
Miller was the 15th overall pick this past June.
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At Hockey Buzz, Julie Robenhymer writes that choosing the OHL over the North Dakota and the NCAA’s may not be the best thing for JT Miller’s development.
She calls Miller a “heck of a player” and says that the OHL may not be challenging enough for him.
Robenhymer cites North Dakota’s program and pedigree for breeding NHL players as things that could have benefited Miller.
Ryan Bourque said that the junior hockey route is preferable because of it’s similarity to the pro game.
She mentions that Miller could sign with the Rangers and play in Hartford because he wasn’t drafted from the CHL into the NHL, so if that is possible, he could end up in Hartford this season. I think that is unlikely though and that he will play in Plymouth. If Miller isn’t challenged in Plymouth this season, and that would hopefully mean that he dominates, he will play in Hartford next season and start his pro hockey career then.