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Rangers should use current situation to fast track J.T. Miller

Now the Rangers called up Miller he needs to be used properly

Now the Rangers called up Miller he needs to be used properly

While it is anything other than ideal that the Rangers are still without Rick Nash or any semblance of  self-confidence, the promotion of J.T. Miller to the Rangers gives the club a chance to let the kid succeed.

Miller comes to the Rangers in great form (4 goals in 3 games with Hartford), and likely brimming with confidence. The Rangers welcome Miller, desperate for someone to step up at both ends of the rink, and –although currently slated for the 4th line– there is an opportunity for top six minutes for the taking. It is in the Rangers best interests that Miller develops well. Now is the time to give him that chance. If they are not going to leave him to develop with the Wolf Pack, then give him major minutes.

Miller is a confident kid and will not be fazed by the opportunity. The Rangers can’t realistically sink much lower in the short-term, so the pressure on a kid like Miller will be deflected by the demands on the more high-profile veterans. It’s a possible win-win scenario for Miller and the Rangers. Miller should be able to see ice time at even strength and perhaps power play against the Capitals on Wednesday.

J.T. Miller represents a big part of the future for the Rangers. With minimal cap commitments long-term, establishing himself now would give the Rangers some assurance down the road. The young forward can be moved around the top six and allows for some flexibility in the lineup, but AV would be best served using a player who actually has some confidence (compared to the majority of the roster) in an offensive role.

Can Miller do worse than Mats Zuccarello so far? He certainly can’t do worse than Taylor Pyatt or Benoit Pouliot. The main concern regarding Miller is that the Rangers don’t mess his development like they did last season with Chris Kreider – all the ups and downs Kreider faced produced a disappointing season. Right now Miller represents an opportunity to develop a top prospect for the long haul, as well as provide a quick fix in the short-term. It’s just down to Alain Vigneault to use him properly, and for Miller to earn that time.

19 Responses to “Rangers should use current situation to fast track J.T. Miller”

  1. Manny says:

    Definitely agree here. I don’t look at the 4th line as an inferior line, it just has a different job. Miller doesn’t entirely fit that job. Definitely could benefit from Top 6 minutes.

  2. Dave says:

    Fourth line under AV is different than the fourth line under Torts. AV spreads out ice time more.

  3. AD says:

    Dave, it is too early to suggest the Rangers are giving Miller a chance to succeed. Until they let him play consistently and without thinking 1-2 bad games will lead to a trip back to Hartford, it is as likely they are setting him up to fail than they are to succeed. Miller needs consistent ice time over a span of games; if this turns out to be a 2-4 game stint until Nash returns, it may accomplish little for Miller, and may be detrimental. Only time will tell.

  4. Bloomer says:

    Miller was in great form before AV send him down. Glad he is back, the team can use a player with a jump in his step. Now if only Lundquist can get his shit together, the team might have half a chance of beating the Caps.

  5. howiehockey says:

    It’s Miller-time and Bud lets hope it’s not light,either. Didn’t think he should have been sent down in the first place.
    BTW, Krieder needs to play with a center and wing that can dish hime the puck when he’s on the fly. That’s how he got most of his goals.
    While he’s big, garbage goals are not his forte, yet. However, that doesn’t nean he can’t learn.
    Slats, AV patience is a virtue.

  6. Pete says:

    Aside from Richards(I know right), Cally and Nash(who is out) what other forward is actually “producing” enough to get in Millers way to prove himself?

    Its still early but how nice would a productive McIrath be on the blueline?

    • Frank Cerbone says:

      McIlrath will never be an offensive threat, but has long time had a 95mph slap shot-best in the Ranger organization.

      McIlrath has 2 goals so far this season.

      • Pete says:

        I could give a flying F about his offensive abilities as long as he can do two things, 1. clear the crease and 2. hit the snot out of everyone.

  7. John says:

    I would call up that whole line and let them play. Give them a good 15-17 mins a game for a good stretch and I bet they will exceed expectations.

  8. paulronty says:

    I don’t know why people think rookies can’t be on the fourth line. AV plays his fourth line and that’s where you learn to be defensively responsible, especially playing with a guy like Dom Moore.

  9. Easyguy says:

    Hope he’s ready although don’t think he is. Miller seems to be a player that could fit av system. But to think he’s going to light it up lol we don’t play the islanders for a while. This is a torts built team filled with players that fit torts system av has to bring in some of his type. Players for his system for NYR to be successful surprised haven’t seen any article stating that

  10. Easyguy says:

    Hope he’s ready although don’t think he is. Miller seems to be a player that could fit av system. But to think he’s going to light it up lol we don’t play the islanders for a while. This is a torts built team filled with players that fit torts system av has to bring in some of his type. Players for his system for NYR to be successful surprised haven’t seen any article stating that

  11. MBN says:

    I think Miller on the 4th line is only a temporary thing. Let him get his feet wet for a few games – maybe even just 1-2 games. I will be interested to see where the team stands after the Devils game, and what AV has for lines in practice after that game.

  12. bernmeister says:

    Yes, by all means lose the deadweight and get some kids in here who have (Kreider, Miller) the speed, or hope of keeping up with fresh legs (Lindberg, Kristo) w/AV’s speed based system, which is a proven winner.

    Want to see Miller, only C we have w/great speed, at C w/Kreider + Cally. They should get at least 2nd line minutes. Miller should be asked exclusively to anchor this line and play C, no W.

    An all Swedish line: Hagelin – Lindberg – Fast would be my choice for third line.

    Unless/until we can trade him+ for Seth Jones or Ristolainen, Stepan remains our 1C, Brassard shifts to W. Hopefully Nash returns to RW, but that is not certain atm.

    4th line = Moore at C. An argument can be made that it is more important to make sure Richards is not injured before year’s end so he can be amnestied. To the extent we take the risk, Richards would be on 4th line, C (alternate w/Moore) or W.

    We had all expected Dorsett to build on the strong finish from last year, but if he can’t step up, I say move him and go with Kristo at RW, or put Richards off wing and call up Hrivik. I also want Yogan to get a shot so we don’t lose him for nothing at year’s end.

    Zucarello has enough skill, but doesn’t show enough size to handle NHL opposition.

    Pyatt, good riddance.

    Boyle has a place but we are better off moving him for a speed guy/pick. At one time, his value was closer to late first (like Dylan Olsen) but now, a second is best we’ll get. Tyler Pitlick if memory serves was 2nd rounder, has speed.

    Pouillot hoped he’d show us why he was such a high pick, but instead seems more like guy on 4th team in 5 years, or whatever it is.

  13. Lou says:

    It appears we are finally making some moves!
    I called the Asham departure…now we need to keep the changes coming:

    Del Zotto and AHl player (yes even Krieder) for Bfyflien

    Get rid of Pyatt…bring up Powe

    Get rid of Pouliot….trade for Glencross

    And bring up Haley or Mashinter.

    We is it that everyone here knows we need a mean defender and to add grit / toughness except for Rangers brass?

    Only benefit to extended losing this early is (a) changes will be made; (b) still time to right the ship; and, (c) everyone else in division except Pens suck right now.