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Rangers recall Miller, Pouliot to be scratched?

Dec 6, 2013, 5:45 PM EDT

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The New York Rangers have recalled J.T. Miller from AHL Hartford, the club announced on Friday.

Miller, 20, was the club’s first-round pick (15th overall) at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He made his Rangers’ debut last year, appearing in 26 games, and has scored two points in 15 games this year, shuttling back and forth between New York and Hartford.

New York next plays New Jersey on Saturday — kicking off the Rangers’ season-long nine game homestand — so Miller could draw back in to face the Devils.

As for what that means for the rest of the lineup, here’s Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record:

With Miller recalled, it’s likely [Benoit] Pouliot will be out of the lineup when the Rangers open a franchise-record nine-game homestand on Saturday night against the Devils.

Against the Sabres, Pouliot seemed to be at his unfocused worst, just gliding through plays without impacting the action. That was in his limited time on the ice, of course. [Rangers head coach Alain] Vigneault played Pouliot just 9:59 with just three shifts in the third period as he sat on the bench for nearly 10 minutes.

Pouliot also took a bad tripping penalty against Ville Leino with 3.9 seconds to go in the second period and the Rangers still clinging to a 1-0 lead.

Pouliot has just two goals and five points through 29 games this year. Earlier this season, Vigneault called out Pouliot for a lack of consistency, saying “you only get so many kicks at the can.”

  1. peterjohnjoseph - Dec 6, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Man, I kind of feel bad for Pouliot.. The guy was taken 3 PICKS after Sidney Crosby (4th Overall, 2005 Draft), and just never lived up to anything even close to the level most 2nd rounders achieve. The closest chances he’s had to breaking out were in Boston in 2012, where I actually thought he was great on the 3rd line. Its arguable that that was the best 3rd line the Bruins have had since 2011 (although, this years might supplant that by far). He also had a highlight reel goal or two. I was sad to see him go, but I thought last year in Tampa was finally going to be his biggest break, since he was living off of Stamkos and St. Louis’ production. Once again, its decided that he just wasn’t worth it, and again traded away. Now here he is, in what is probably his last chance with the Rangers, and he just can’t seem to get it done. He took a lot of stupid penalties with the Bruins too, but at least the production was up. I hope something clicks and he can get another chance. I don’t know what he’d have to do to get anywhere near the production necessary for someone to take a chance on him if the Rangers give up, but I hope he can figure it out.

    • barkar942 - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:57 PM

      Can you say Welkome, Komrade Pouliot?

    • tlow97 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:25 PM

      There is NO reason to feel bad for Pouliot. Big guy with skill–I can see why he was taken early. The guy obviously does not enjoy hockey all that much, otherwise he would be honing his skills instead of coasting, waiting for pucks to land on his stick, and taking horrible penalties–the latter of which he’s done since his OHL years (Check HockeyDB–he had ridiculous amounts of PIMs for a skill guy).

      He caught lightning in a bottle for one year with the Habs. Bad pick by Risebrough (surprise, surprise), bad job scouting by the Wild at the time. Riser and Jacques buried him in Houston for the same reasons he’s being healthy-scratched now. He just seems like a guy who has not an ounce of self-realization.

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