USA captures gold, Miller leads team in scoring

January 5, 2013, by

Team USA pulled it off. After beating a stacked Team Canada in the semi-finals, USA beat an equally talented Sweden team 3-1 in the World Junior Championship Finals to capture WJC gold. Very few thought that the Americans would win gold from the onset of the tournament, as the Russians, Canadians, and Swedes were all incredibly talented teams with high-profile scorers. USA won on great goaltending from John Gibson, superior defense, and a north-south grind-it-out style.

J.T. Miller –the Rangers 2011 first round pick– added another assist to his totals, tallying the primary assist on the third goal. He also finished with a +1 rating, two shots on goal, and a 6-5 record in the face off circle.

Miller finished tied for the team lead in scoring, with two goals and seven assists throughout the tournament (seven games). Miller started the tournament off slow, but got better with each game he played. He was one of the most visible and most dominant US players.


  1. Chris. C says:

    Miller may not have had the goals, but his overall play was outstanding. Watch every USA game and Miller seemed to get better and better with every game, even playing the center position. Great Job Hosley and staff. Hosley should also get some well deserved attention also. After the Russia and Canada losses he tweeked the lines and the rest is history. One more thing John Gibson is a no joke real thing, amazing goalie.

    • Walt says:

      Maybe we ought to draft him if we can to be Hank’s long term back up!!!!!

      Great to see the USA kids win it all, and have JT on that team. Say what you want, but I suspect Miller will be given a real long look at, and don’t be suprised if he isn’t wearing Ranger blue in a very short period of time.

      Like I posted the other day, I trust our scouting staff, they have done a great job, considering that they are drafting at the bottom half of each round for the last few years.

      • Dave says:

        Gibson was drafted by Anaheim.

        • Furls says:

          I don’t really see him up w the big club at all this year.
          Newbury if Halpern or Pyatt don’t work out.
          Probably Kolarik if Krieder needs stay at Whale for seasoning/gets sent down for a stint.

          • Dave says:

            I’m with both of you actually. Wouldn’t shock me to see Miller get a long look, but I think he gets a full year in the AHL.