New York Rangers Prospect J.T. Miller is the only North American player from within the Rangers system that is playing at the World Juniors this year. Miller is an Ohio native who has spent most of his young career playing for the US National Developmental Program, which is based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Rangers 1st round, 15th overall pick of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft is an outstanding forward with a huge upside.
After his time with the US Development Team the 6 foot 1 center iceman spent a season with the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL. In his first OHL season Miller tallied 62 total points in 61 regular season games. After his time with Plymouth, he was brought up to the Rangers minor league affiliate the Connecticut Whale for the AHL playoffs. This year Miller has played in 25 games with the AHL Whale, and has totaled 5 goals and 9 assists. The two way player has shown that he has some great potential with an offensive upside to become a very valuable player within the New York Rangers Organization.
Today team USA faced off in a preliminary round match-up against Germany at the World Junior Classic being held in Russia. In what was a very one sided affair Team USA dominated Germany to an 8-0 win. J.T. Miller was one of 8 different goal scorers for the United States who were able to display their great team depth in the victory. Tomorrow should be a much bigger test to see how Miller and the rest of his teammates really stack up against the heavy weight teams in this tournament. The Americans will face-off against team Russia at 9am eastern time, a Russian team that surprisingly needed overtime to finish off a gritty Slovakian squad on Wednesday. A win for USA tomorrow would put them in a good position going into Sunday’s much anticipated match-up against team Canada.
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