In an interview with Jim Cerny at Blueshirts United, JT Miller says the wrist injury that kept him from participating in the postseason for the Rangers last year feels better now, but admitted that it's not 100% healed just yet.
Miller did add that he is able to lift weights and do his normal off-season program and would be able to play if the season started today.
Miller said this about the injury...
"I was finally getting comfortable (in the NHL) and getting used to the style of play, but it just got to the point I was making more mistakes than normal (because of the wrist). It's something I tried to play through, and thought I could play through. I just wanted to make my stand here, and I didn't want to let anything get in the way of that. I don't really regret anything. I just tried to play, and it was an unfortunate, frustrating kind of injury."
Miller had 2g, 2a in 26 games with the Rangers last season.
...great to hear that the injury is progressing and he should be ready to go when camp starts in September.
...i'm real interested to see how Miller plays in camp under AV. I always felt that he was the perfect two-way player for Tortorella's tough, physical brand of hockey. Whereas AV will likely bring out the best in Kreider's game, I'm concerned a more run and gun style might not suit Miller well.
...either way, he'll be on the bubble when camps starts and will have to fight off players such as Kreider, Pouliot, Kristo, Pyatt, Boyle and Hrivik for one of the final roster spots. I think, similar to last year, Miller will start the season with the Whale and by mid-season he'll be up with the big club.
I hope JT is healed up by training camp for his sake, because there is going be a lot of highly skilled competition for the spots of Hags and Cally. Any prospect who doesn't show up fully ready or out of shape is looking at the Wolfpack.
AV is NOT Run and Gun. By any means. He's actually pretty defense first, but he uses an all out offensive attack lead by rushing defensemen (under no other coach would Kevin Bieksa have a 50 point season....). I think Miller will do just fine, he's got the skating and offensive talent to go along with his toughness.
I don't think AV will be a run & gun offense. He still preaches defense, but gives his forwards more leeway to make plays. I think Miller will be just fine. He only had a cup of coffee with the club but he showed moxy, character, speed, and some finish. He's also 20 years old, 6'1" and 200 lbs. Isn't this what everyone's been clamoring for...size and speed???? Kreider would be the one to worry about. If he struggles early, he might be better served spending the rest of the year at the Pack to get his game and confidence on. Hopefully that doesn't happen, but it worries me.
I think Miller will struggle. I'd consider moving him at some point and 'selling high' rather than having him have a down year, lose confidence and fall out of favor within the organization. Just a hunch, but I don't think he'll have a long term career in blue.
@gravey94 I agree. AV's style is not run & gun, though certainly more open than Torts.
@Scott_from_Jersey any reason why not?
@shoot_the_goalie @gravey94 I was struggling for the right words to describe AV's offensive style. I guess I should just refer to it as a more open style. Agree with both of you it's not the traditional run and gun style. Although, compared to Torts' offense the last few years anything more wide open could be considered that.