After last night's 3-1 loss to Albany, Ct Whale head coach Ken Gernander discussed Rangers 2011 first round pick JT Miller, who scored the Whale's lone goal...
"Physically he's a strong kid...a powerful, explosive kid. On ice when he makes plays, he's very poised like a mature older player would be. But there are still some things in his game, as far as learning the pro game and learning some of the little nuances and just the temperament it takes to compete as a pro. I think he'll continue to mature in those areas."
For the rest of Gernander's post game presser, click here.
Here's video of Miller post game courtesy of Blueshirts United...
Jim Cerny at Blueshirts United adds that Gernander deployed Miller in all three phases of the game---power play, penalty kill, and even strength---and he did not look out of place at all.
...literally foaming at the mouth over this kid. Similar to Kreider falling to #19 in his draft, you have to wonder what the 14 teams who passed on Miller were concerned about?
In my recap of last night's Whale loss, I took a shot at Christian Thomas for disappointing, but to be fair I must pass along this observation of his play last night from Cerny...
"Thomas, in particular, impressed with his quick release, and quantity of scoring chances, including a tracer off the post in the opening period of a still 0-0 game."
Miller is a good player...but in no way should he have gone higher in that draft and a very solid argument can be made that the rangers picked him too high and could have picked other more talented players ahead of him...most scouts believed then and still believe now that Nathan Beaulieu, Oscar Klefbom, Connor Murphy, Joel Armia, Zach Phillips and even Brandon Saad are all better players and better prospects than Miller. Not taking anything away from Miller, who seems like an awesome talent and most importantly an awesome character player but he fell to the rangers for good reason
@thelink44 Yeah, I was definitely exaggerating his skill level. Right now he seems like perfect pick for the Rangers because his game is well suited for the Rangers system.
@TheNYRBlog you can perpetually list superstars who many teams passed over, multiple time in some cases.
@Garts2point2 You mean like the Rangers when they passed over Brown, Parise, Kesler, Getzlef, Perry & Mike Richards 4 Jessiman in 2003? Ugh.
@TheNYRBlog @Garts2point2 Really? Really, guys? Do we need to be reminded of this? Like the lockout isn't bad enough. #geesh
@Garts2point2 @TheNYRBlog I only know this from watching a special on giroux with interviews from Philly brass
@theNYRblogneill @garts2point2 @thenyrblog than why did they have trouble saying his name at the draft lol
@Garts2point2 @TheNYRBlog the flyers scouts had their eye on giroux for well over a year before the draft he was their pick no matter what
@theNYRblogneill @TheNYRBlog but didn't Philly want Sanguinetti? Giroux was like a consultation at the time.