Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today (On 7th D, JT Miller and Marty in the middle)

Alain Vigneault.pngAlain Vigneault met with the media today following the Rangers skate in New Jersey (NYR)

  • On the roster, “I would say that probably 85% is determined, there is still 15%, still 2-3 spots, probably 3 spots, that are very much open and so guys will get an opportunity tonight to show what they can do. I need to talk with Jeff and Glen about cap issues and what we plan on doing with Step.”

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Note: Kevin Hayes OUT tonight/JT Miller at wing

Kevin Hayes will miss tonight’s game after “tweaking” his shoulder last night. (NYR)

Chris Kreider will replace him in the lineup.

JT Miller will be on RW tonight with Matthew Lombardi, Dominic Moore, Oscar Lindberg and Chris Mueller at center.

Read: JT Miller was strong again on Friday, what Rick Nash says about him

JT Miller 19/28/14 | 8:40PM: Miller said that he put more work in during the offseason so he expects better results. (Newsday)

9/27/14 | 2:21PM: In his second preseason game, JT Miller had a goal, played 16:10, had 3 shots on goal, 2 shots that were blocked, 1 shot that missed the net, 1 blocked shot and 13 faceoff wins and 5 losses.

Alain Vigneault said that he was happy with Miller’s strong performance on faceoffs and that he is going through the process of becoming a better player.”

Asked to evaluate his game so far, Miller said that he thinks he has been “solid” but still needs to work on things like managing the puck and not forcing as many plays. (MSG)

Rick Nash was asked about Miller and said “I think the biggest thing is that his game has matured a lot from the last season, not only on the ice but off the ice, he understands what it means to take that next step and become a permanent NHL guy.”

Read: JT Miller and his game from Monday night

JT MillerJT Miller had two primary assists on Monday night against the Devils to go along with 1 hit, 1 giveaway, 2 takeaways, 1 blocked shot and 8 faceoff wins and 10 faceoff losses.

Miller didn’t register a shot attempt on Monday night in his 14:26 of ice time. He played 4:35 in the first period, 4:46 in the second period and 5:05 in the third period.

On Miller’s game, Alain Vigneault said “I thought that JT had some good moments. You can see the skill set and he was battling hard on the puck, made some nice plays. For a first exhibition game, a chance to see him in the middle, I think he did some good things.”

Miller played an “assertive” game and was effective both on the PP and at even strength. (NY Post)

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Rangers Blue Line Podcast: Leadership, JT Miller and Derek Stepan discussion

NHL.com’s Brian Compton and Adam Rotter of SNYRangersBlog  react to the first few days of training camp, and what they expect to see as games begin. Plus, Brian previews the Atlantic Division with NESN’s Billy Jaffe.

For the show rundown, click here...

Stepan day-to-day

Expectations for first pre-season game

Vigneault looking for leadership

Billy Jaffe interview (9:15)

JT Miller’s chip on his shoulder (21:35)

Rick Nash (26:05)

Note: Kevin Hayes and JT Miller are both being looked at as centers

Mathieu Garon, J.T. Miller2:06PM: AV said today, “On guys playing middle and wing, “I would say that versatility is a big bonus. In JT and Hayes, they are starting in the middle and as the camp unfolds we will look at decisions that need to be made. Nash on the right side, Nash on the left, things like that.” (via Lohud on Soundcloud)

1:02PM: Kevin Hayes and JT Miller are both opening training camp as centers. (Steve Zipay)

Hayes has played mostly wing at BC but played center during the Traverse City tournament.

Miller said that his preference is to play center but can also play wing. He said that center has started to “fit” him better in the pro game and while he has made strides, he still needs to work on his defensive zone coverage. (Rangers)

Last season Miller was 26 and 25 on faceoffs and two years ago, Miller was 63 and 55 on faceoffs.