As per Andrew Gross, the Rangers have agreed to terms with J.T. Miller, this year’s first round pick. Miller was selected 15th overall this year, and was a bit of a surprise pick by Gordie Clark and company. This month, Miller decided to renege on his verbal commitment to the University of North Dakota and play for the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL this season. Players in the OHL, WHL, or QMJHL are considered to be “professional” and lose their NCAA eligibility.
If you followed my discussions with Kevein DeLury (NYRangersBlog) and Mike Gleich (Bleeding All Blue) on Twitter a few weeks ago, then you noticed that Miller –who was not a Canadian Juniors draft pick– is eligible to play int he AHL and the CT Whale this season (for those keeping track, I was wrong in that discussion). That is highly unlikely, as Miller playing in the AHL means the Rangers lose a year on his entry level deal. If Miller goes to the OHL, his contract will slide, and his entry level clock won’t start.
The deal is a standard entry level deal, thus it is a three year, two way contract. Dollar amount has not been disclosed.