Per Larry Brooks, Rangers 2011 first round pick J.T. Miller will join the Connecticut Whale for their playoff push this week. Miller joins fellow CHL prospects Shane McColgan, Christian Thomas, Andrew Yogan, and Peter Ceresnak on the Whale, all with ATO’s. Of the group, only Ceresnak does not have a professional contract with the Rangers organization.

In 62 games with the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL, Miller put together a line of 25-37-62. In 13 playoff games, Miller had a line of 2-8-10.

The Whale have a date with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the first round, which will be a very hard fought matchup. The infusion of offensive skill, capped by the addition of Miller, should help the Whale make a run toward the Calder Cup.

Update 11:52am: The Whale have announced that defenseman Peter Ceresnak has been released from his ATO with the organization. The press release is after the jump.


HARTFORD, April 18, 2012:  Connecticut Whale general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the Whale has released defenseman Peter Ceresnak from his Amateur Tryout (ATO) agreement.

Ceresnak, a rookie out of the Ontario Hockey League and a sixth-round (172nd overall) draftee by the parent New York Rangers in 2011, had yet to dress for a game since joining the Whale from the Peterborough Petes March 21.


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