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With Seidenberg hurt, Bruins recall Miller

Nov 20, 2013, 6:14 PM EDT

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The Boston Bruins have made an emergency recall, bringing up defenseman Kevan Miller from AHL Providence.

Miller, 26, was summoned from Providence to replace Dennis Seidenberg, who was injured during Tuesday’s 2-1 win over the New York Rangers. The specifics of Seidenberg’s injury are unclear, but it’s believed to be a lower-body issue.

Already without Adam McQuaid (hip), the B’s were forced to dig deep into their defense depth with this recall. While the club likes Miller’s toughness and tenacity, he wasn’t projected to be in the mix this season — he’s never actually played in an NHL contest, spending his entire four-year pro career in the American League.

Boston plays St. Louis on Thursday night, and it’s very likely Miller will be making his NHL debut.

  1. terrier92 - Nov 20, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Very interesting call up Good luck kid

  2. peterjohnjoseph - Nov 20, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    I wouldn’t exactly call this digging deep. I would call it digging it into the first on the backup depth list. In fact, it was thought during preseason he would be the 7th defenseman, with Hamilton getting more time in the AHL.

    Everyone and their mother knows that Matt Bartkowski, who is replacing McQuaid, is a better defensemen. He’s more explosive, and next to Krug/Hamilton has the best offensive production of the all the defensemen on the team. McQuaid not only has seniority, but also brings toughness that is hard for management to take out of the lineup when healthy, even while Bartkowski being a healthy scratch most games could be a top 4 defenseman on most teams.

    Miller was great in Preseason. He got a long hard look. If I remember correctly, he was the second to last to be sent down, traveling with the team to their last couple games of the preseason. They got plenty of time to see what his game was like, and all reports were that is was possible if Hamilton was sent down to get more playing time in the AHL, Miller would be the 7th defenseman instead of Bartkowski, who would be in the everyday lineup.

    The kid has a strong upside, good speed for his size, and while a stay at home defensemen, looked to have great breakout capability with a solid first pass, which is something the core Boston defenseman (Chara, Boychuk, McQuaid, and Seidenberg) seriously lack from time to time. Chara’s lack in that area is obvious, as his long stick makes it hard sometimes to get off the quickest of passes, and creates indecision as to what his next move should be. Seidenberg also has indecision issues with the first pass, and is known for trying long stretch passes that miss the mark.

    I’m anxious to see what the blueline looks like with all these youngsters. I honestly feel like it might give a boost, especially in the breakout game. Bartkowski has added some serious puck moving ability, that was perfectly evident during the first two periods of the Ottawa game. I think once the Bruins management see’s the youngsters, they may like it a little too much, and some decisions to make on maybe subbing out on the older, stay at home, hit the net one in every 20 tries, defensemen from time to time.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Nov 20, 2013 at 7:10 PM

      By the way.. Just a random thought.

      I’m hoping with all these young kids up maybe they can teach the veteran D the art of the “wrist shot”. You know, the “other” shot that you can use from time to time, that has a better chance of hitting the net, instead of playing the “slapshot-long rebound-slapshot-hard off the boards-slapshot again at bad angle-hard off the glass-slapshot from worse angle from other side-off by 50 feet, around the boards and out of the zone” play that I see almost every game. When you’re 10 feet from the net on a rebound you don’t have to wind up. Our defensemen’s miss to shots on goal ratio is unreal. Hitting the net is a huge problem.

  3. dropthepuckeh - Nov 20, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    I’m sure they called up Miller to teach Chara, Boychuk, Seids etc how to make the first pass out of the zone and shoot a wrist shot. Strange day on these comments…

  4. cliverush - Nov 21, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    I would agree that the wrist shot has become a lost art for D-men. It has a better chance of making to the net on target and rebounds from them are easier to handle in front of the net. Pond hockey taught many of us old timers the art of stick handling and accurate shooting. Now they blast away.

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