J.T. Miller, who is back on the ice after missing the Rangers team scrimmage and first two preseason games with a hamstring injury, is out to show the Rangers coaching staff what he can do in the final four preseason games (via Blueshirts United)...
“My goal is to make the team out of training camp, and a lot will depend on next couple of games, should I play in them.”
Now that Miller is healthy, he's ready to get back into the flow...
“I am looking to make the best of it, take advantage of my opportunities. I'm not worried about (hamstring injury earlier in camp), just trying each practice to get better, faster, catch up on what I missed.”
...i initially figured this injury meant the end of Miller's chances of making the roster out of camp, but upon further review, with four preseason games remaining there's still ample opportunity for him to make an impression. However, he's really going to have to put in double the effort as missing a week of training camp can really set a player back. Especially with a new coaching staff.
...i'm really rooting for Miller to make the squad as the Rangers are lacking players with his tough, two-way game with the absence of Callahan and potentially Stepan.
If he does enough to get himself noticed as much as Lindberg has, I would say he makes it over the Swede just due to experience in NHL and North American rinks. Otherwise, he's going to have a tough time making it out of camp even with Stepan missing. (If you include Step, there are 8 centers vying for 4 spots. Sadly, numbers aren't on Miller's side at the moment.)
To be a competitor, you have to have that positive mentality. Making the roster has to be Miller's goal. Full props to the kid. He always brings that edge. It's easy to root for a player like that. It will be great to have him lighting a fire under some of the others. Miller has some good experience under his belt and, if he really is healthy, he has a chance to crack the opening night lineup.
I would think he is a logical low cost alternative and has much better upside and versatility than veterans like pylon, ash, and Powe!
@Melissa (blknblueshirts) He could always get moved to wing.
@JMK8363 FYI, Miller's cap hit ($1.24M) is higher than Asham and Powe, and just a little lower than Pyatt. He may be a better alternative, but not a low cost one.
@KevinDeLury So could most of the other guys vying for a spot at center but last I checked we had plenty of wingers lol
@gravey94 Thanks, I had forgotten that he was that high, but I still prefer to pylon!!!