Alain Vigneault says that JT Miller's recent travel around the Rangers lineup has been "performance based" and that they are working with him "quite a bit" to improve some of his decisions with the puck. (NY Post)
Vigneault said that Miller has a "tremendous amount of confidence" in his ability to make plays but that you can't force things that aren't there. (NY Post)
He says that Miller is trying to force too many things, that his ratio of chances for vs chances against needs to be better and that they had to cut his ice time a bit because of it. (NY Post)
Vigneault said that Miller, along with a guy like Kevin Hayes, has the ability to play in the Rangers top-six or top-nine but added "I believe that he can be more consistent than what he has shown in the last little while." (NYR)
He is averaging 16:06 per game on the season.
- In the first 20 games of season, when Miller had 18 points in 20 games, he averaged 15:26 per game.
- In the last 17 games, where he has had 1 goal and 3 assists, Miller is averaging 16:54 per game.
- He played 21:07 against the Devils on 12/18 and then 16:35 against Pittsburgh, 15:36 against Minnesota and 15:06 against Ottawa.
Adam Rotter: It's always the same thing when Miller struggles or sees his ice time cut. While Alain Vigneault has said in the past that he doesn't hold Miller to another standard, I'm not sure that is true. I think Vigneault holds Miller to a pretty high standard because he knows the kind of impact player Miller can be when he plays a simple game and manages the puck well.
Miller has made tremendous strides as a player since he was yo-yoed between Hartford and New York in Vigneault's first couple of years with the Rangers but at 23 he is still a developing player. Different players are handled in different ways and how Alain Vigneault has handled JT Miller so far in their time together has led to great progress and development for Miller. This looks like another step in the process for Miller becoming the player the Rangers hope/want him to be.