Chris Dilks of the Western College Hockey Blog points out, Miller's commitment to North Dakota was never that solid to begin with...
"Heading into the NHL Draft, Miller was among the least firm in being willing to stick to his college commitment, so this news doesn't come as a huge shock."
...got to be honest I have no idea if this move will have a positive or negative effect on the kid, but I guess if he feels the OHL is the better move for him I've got to support it.
...h/t to reader Matt L.
Over at Hockey's Future, Leslie Treff reviews the Rangers 2011 draft.
Smart move. People were bashing him for deciding to play one year at North Dakota then turn pro. The OHL has a bigger schedule and he's playing against people he'll probably see in the NHL.
Rangers definitely prefer their prospects go to the CHL if there is a choice. They suggested the Q for Kreider, who would have been a Memorial cup champion with the St. John Sea Dogs this past year.
Course, NCAA championship is nothing to balk at either!
I bet a lot of people talked to him about this at the development camp, both players and coaching staff. I'm sure this is the best move for him and the team.
Looks like you guys think this was the best move for him. You would think the OHL would give him the faster track for sure.
Kinda bummed I was looking forward to seeing the kid play against my Badgers this year, but the OHL should be good for him
This kid wants in to the NHL ASAP and good for him. But he's gonna have to average well over a point per game in the OHL if he wants a decent look for next year with the Rangers.
This is great news. Here is a move that was 100% influenced by the Rangers. JT is a kid who has his head on straight. He knows what he wants, he wants to be an NHL player. He wants to be playing at MSG with the Rangers and he's doing whatever he can to fast track that. He's not busy worry about getting his BA in business and chasing college tail like another one of our prospects who is too busy celebrating the Bruins cup victory...
He can play in the AHL next year due to the fact that he played in the USNDT program in his draft year. So you don't even have to rush him to the team. This is more about going pro earlier. Also, the kid wants to make PAPER. he'll no doubt sign his ELC soon and get a nice signing bonus that he can take to Plymouth with him so i'm sure that that was also a big factor in this. He'll get his opportunites on a good plymouth team. excited to see how this turns out.