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Rangers keep busy, recall ’11 first-rounder Miller

Feb 4, 2013, 4:01 PM EST

JT MIller

The New York Rangers made another significant move on Monday, calling up 2011 first-round pick JT Miller from AHL Connecticut.

Miller, 19, is a 6-foot-1, 200-pound forward who’s having himself quite the year.

He was a key member of Team USA’s gold medal-winning side at the World Juniors — he tied for the team lead in points (nine) and paced America with seven assists in seven games — and recently represented Connecticut at the AHL All-Star game.

Miller’s notched 20 points in 37 games for the Whale this year — pretty solid numbers given it’s his first professional season — and could make his NHL debut Tuesday when the Rangers travel to New Jersey to take on the Devils.

In related moves, the Blueshirts sent Benn Ferriero to the Whale and also recalled Brandon Mashinter, the former San Jose farmhand that played in 13 games for the Sharks in 2010-11.

Earlier on Monday, New York traded Mike Rupp to Minnesota in exchange for Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri.

  1. hockeywithdrawal - Feb 4, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    I don’t like this move. But that’s because I’m a Pens fan.

    Honestly I think this kid can be good. Whether it’s rushing him or not, time will tell.

    • jetstizzi85 - Feb 4, 2013 at 4:59 PM

      100% agree

  2. stakex - Feb 4, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    I really can’t wait to see this kid play in the NHL. Though I must say its a bit of a strange move by the Rangers to bring him up given that Torts seem to be afraid that the Rangers were already rushing Kreider. Miller has just as little professional experience, and hasn’t gone through the Rangers full camp, which is something Torts talked about when it came to reasons to send Kreider back down.

    So someone needs to explain why they are bringing Miller up, when on paper they are doing the same thing with him they have very recently said they didn’t want to do with Kreider. I guess this must be a case of “Don’t let the ideal prevent the necessary”.

  3. sportsfan69 - Feb 4, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    The Rangers will call up JT Miller for 5 NHL games. It provide him experience as a Rookie along with filling a void with Cally out. The Rangers are kicking the tires with him. It’s perfect timing. Has anybody noticed, the Rangers have three Junior gold medalist. Kneider, Stephan, and JT Miller. Wow! The Rangers have a very bright future. All three players were key contributors to their teams winning the gold medal.

  4. sportsfan69 - Feb 4, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Now that the Rangers traded Rupp, now Coach Tortorella can roll four lines. Now the Rangers have speed to create match up problems with the Penguins. That’s why the Islanders are beating the Penguins, is by their speed and forechecking. It’s the Penguins weakness. Cindy Crosby can be beaten by quicker and speeder players. Matching Cindy with smaller quicker players, she can easily fake penalties.

    • nyrfan - Feb 5, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      Cindy Crosby. I love it! I think the 2 losses to Pittsburg had a bit to do with some of these moves, among other things. We have to be able to roll 4 lines out on the ice every game. I thought it was our Achilles heal last year against the Devils in the ECF. They wore us down with a relentless Forcheck. We have to be able to beat Pittsburg & Boston to go anywhere this year. If Miller &/or Mashinter don’t pan out, the Rangers can send them back to the AHL to get more experience. If there are injuries to key players we need these kids to come up again and be ready to play mins in the NHL. Miller will most likely play on the 4th line so he doesn’t need to score that much. Just play solid D and help ware down the other teams defenseman by pinning them in there zone. Last year Prust, Boyle & Fedotenko were good at keeping the other teams top line in there zone for the whole shift.

  5. sportsfan69 - Feb 4, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    CORRECTION:

    can’t easily fake penalties.

  6. hockeyfan763 - Feb 5, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Why is it that an article about a good prospect being promoted to the Rangers has to be turn into a discussion about Crosby ? The world does not revolve around the Penquins.

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