Despite JT Miller's strong weekend with the Wolfpack (1 goal, 9 shots on goal), Alain Vigneault reported to Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record yesterday that the team has no plans to recall the young prospect.
Vigneault did add that he'd be one of the first call-ups if needed.
...absolutely no rush for Miller to be brought back up. The team is clicking on all cylinders, plus with only two games outside the Metropolitan area between now and the Olympic break, Miller will always be in the general vicinity if needed for an emergency recall.
I think all things considered, JT is in a really good spot right now. With all the back and forth travel, he continues to play well wherever he is, which to me says he has a good head on his shoulders and isn't taking every ride back to Hartford as a "demotion". He's clearly the "go-to" call up when needed, as he's leaps and bounds better than then other forwards in Hartford. And he's proved that he's versatile by chipping in goals from the 3rd and 4th line, while also filling in on the 1st line when called upon, plus he's shown he can play in the center or on the wing.
Now he gets to have some consistency, maybe playing as a man amongst boys, but none the less, he can go out there for Hartford game after game, work on the areas he knows are improving maybe PP or PK, and build on the confidence he already has.
Let the kid play and dominate in the AHL so he gains a ton of confidence and convinces himself that he can play at a high level against NHLers. Plus, he can serve as a bit of a mentor to other guys like Fast, Lindberg, Kristo, etc. and let them know what to expect at the NHL level and how to get there. He could be their Derek Sutton...minus the head trauma!
I'm with you 100%! I love the idea of lindberg kristo miller and fast growing together. they will all be nhlers in 2 years and the bond they build in the AHL will be a huge help down the road.