Miller Back with Whale

It was a pretty good run for J.T. Miller up with the Rangers, especially at the start, but now the recently-turned-20-years-old rookie is back with the Whale, reassigned today to the AHL.

Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images

Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images

Miller, who made a big splash with two goals in his second career NHL game, a 4-1 Ranger win February 7 over the Islanders, had fallen out of the Ranger forward rotation, scratched for the last three games after missing one game due to a wrist injury, and playing only 7:08 in his last appearance, a 4-2 home win over Winnipeg last Monday.  Before that, though, he had clearly made a good impression, regularly registering between 13 and 15 minutes of ice and, for the most part, staying off of the minus side of the ledger.

Miller has been away from the Whale for more than two months, after notching eight goals and 12 assists for 20 points in 37 AHL games.  His return will force the Whale coaching staff into a tough choice as far as whom to take out of the lineup up front.  When Jesper Fast was assigned, Kyle Jean sat out, after having played in each of the Whale’s first 68 games, and either he or someone else who has been a mainstay is going to have to come out in order for Miller to get in.

The move leaves the Rangers, conversely, without any extra forwards, so the Whale coaches will have to stay close to the phone.

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One Response to “Miller Back with Whale”

  1. chris Says:

    bob portland st jhon tonight. and even though we are chasing Portland i actually think them winning will help us more tonight. the reason being if st jhon looses they mathematically cant catch us which would mean our magic number would drop. so go Portland hopefully

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