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Rangers recall Miller, hopes to impress Vigneault in playoffs

Apr 14, 2014, 8:01 PM EDT

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The New York Rangers will have J.T. Miller with them at least ahead of the start of their first round playoff battle with the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Rangers recalled Miller from AHL Hartford this afternoon and this time around he’ll have motivation to work with. When Miller was sent down on April 3, coach Alain Vigneault said he wanted more commitment from him or else he’ll be a great minor leaguer.

In 41 games with the Hartford Wolfpack, Miller had 43 points including 15 goals. At the very least, Vigneault has the “great minor leaguer” part down, but the playoffs provide an opportunity for the 2011 first-round pick (15th overall) to show he can play the same way on the big level.

So far that hasn’t happened as Miller has six points in 30 games with the Rangers.

  1. nyrfan - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Miller need at least when on the ice to learn to play without the puck. In the attacking zone when his linemmates are trying to cycle the puck to create a opening. Miller is out of position and leaves a teammate to get double teamsed and lose the puck. End of scoring chance. Without the puck in the D zone he’s gotten better but it’s still an adventure watching him in coverage.
    With the puck he’s talented. He knows the pro game well and how to create chances. However, way too often he’s unable to finish with the puck at the back of the net. He could have 10-15 goals these 30 or so games he’s played. If he new how to beat an NHL goalie. Maybe he should work with Benoit Allaire and Ulf Samuelsson to learn. He has the tools. Maybe another NYR camp next year will get him going towards a full time NHL job.
    I think he needs to play wing for a while until his play away from the puck improves. Kreider had the same problem and till the end when he got hurt. It was always an adventure in the D zone for him but his size and speed added an element to the team offensively and he kept getting better at using that 230 lb frame to bull his way to the net or to draw double coverage. Leaving someone open. Miller will get it. He’s too good for the AHL. The Rangers need him to figure it out on the fly and possibly during the playoffs. Where Kreider first shined onto the scene.
    We need Kreider back ASAP. If we want to win a 2nd round matchup. Could either be CBJ OR PITTSBURGH.

    • barkar942 - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      Thank you. Someone who agrees with me about Kreider’s defensive weaknesses, which is why Torts was all over his butt. I will admit, as the season has progressed, he seemed to be making better choices without the puck. Hopefully they will both come up strong in the future.

  2. billiam55 - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    AV and Miller is like the Krieder and Torts.

    • stakex - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:34 PM

      In a sense, yes.

      AV is doing the same thing Torts did with Kreider…. give a guy who’s game isn’t ready for full time minutes in the NHL time to develop in the AHL, like every other team does. I don’t know what it is with Rangers fans that want all these young guys to go strait into the NHL, even if their game isn’t ready. Kreider wasn’t ready last year, and Miller certainly hasn’t proven he’s ready this year…. and neither coach is the reason.

  3. nashernation - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    JT is a young player who apparently needs to work harder on his game according to AV.. AV has not spoken negative about any other player since he’s Been here so it must be an attitude thing. He’s a big kid who’s got skills. We could use his A game against the flyers for sure.

    • homieshome - Apr 15, 2014 at 3:18 AM

      I think it’s that plus everything else. JT has been an all-around waste this year, hate to admit that but its been a bad year for him. But for the team, they could be ready to win it all this year, i feel something special deep within, it feels good, here it comes, (Burrrrrrrrrrd).. It was just a fart, sorry

    • barkar942 - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      nashernation, I seem to remember some AV comments about Zuccarello around the time of his benching in October, DelZotto before he was healthy scratched numerous times and then traded (and again in Nashville healthy scratched and Trotz wasn’t too complimentary with his assessment to the media), and some young journeyman named Pouliot earlier this season (running out of teams and chances in the NHL) that were all not very complimentary.
      So funny because if Torts said the slightest thing negative about a player, it was all over the media and the media told us to hate Torts because they hated torts and wanted him gone. AV says numerous negative things about players during the season, and no one remembers them because the media isn’t busy harping on their true agenda which was to get Torts canned.

      • DED - Apr 16, 2014 at 5:14 PM

        barkar, yeah, I remember AV’s negative comments about those guys too. Those who turned it around, stayed. He who didn’t, gone. Miller may find himself in a similar “get going or get traded” scenario next year.

  4. pavelfitzgerald - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    AV or JT has the “great minor leaguer part down”?
    I think you mean JT Miller

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