Chris Peters at the United States of Hockey reports that J.T. Miller is expected to be named captain of the USA World Junior team...
"He’s the lone returning forward and has professional experience. The word that keeps popping up when they mention him is mature. It sounds like Miller is embracing his role."
...that would be an amazing honor. I hope he gets it.
Speaking of Rangers prospects, Hockey's Future takes a look at the Rangers organizational depth at each position...
"The New York Rangers have become one of the NHL teams that rely most on good player development. As the result of a rebuild that lasted at least half of the last decade, close to half of the players on the 2011-12 roster had either been drafted or signed as free agents out of junior hockey."
...wow that quote is like music to my ears. After all the failure of trying to buy a winner, it is so rewarding to see the Rangers rebuilding efforts paying off.
"Although the most recent strategy has been to trade for or sign as free agents most of their top forwards, almost the entire defensive corps is homegrown, and many of the complementary forwards have come through the organization. And for the first time in many years, a homegrown potential top line winger is poised to become a regular member of the New York's NHL roster."
Um, I think they forgot someone who is a pretty important player too. He doesn't score goals, but he sure stops a lot from being scored against. Hank's probably the 2nd greatest home grown Ranger of all-time, behind only Leetch. Good article otherwise!
That's a pretty big honor, especially with higher draft picks and more widely known players on the team. I hope he can showcase himself a bit. I would love to see him get some credit. I still think he's the reason that Dubinsky was able to be traded. Miller is the same type of guy, but with more maturity and hopefully more scoring inside.