On Miller, Alain Vigneault said before game one against the Penguins, “just a young player going through the process and understanding what it means to be a pro and improving his knowledge of the game. His understanding of what his commitment needs to be, no one ever doubted the skill level and the upside that was there, just a matter of being patient and him putting in the time and that is what he has done.”
Miller said that at one point he realized he had to bear down because you only get so many chances. He said that being an NHLer was harder than he thought it would be and that you can't have mediocre nights, "you have to bring it every night." (Daily News)
On Miller, Alain Vigneault said the following things over the past couple of months:
3/24/15: "The overall understanding of the game with and without the puck, he has gotten better and is only going to improve and play more and in the situations but I do believe that teammates and the coaching staff have a level of trust in his play that he will make the right decision with the puck and that when he needs to come back and come back hard he will make the right reads. He is going through the process and understanding the game and it won’t be perfect but he is getting better.”4/3/15 : “JT is a player that plays smart and hard and I really like his compete level right now, that is what we need from him.”
4/28/15: "I thought JT, for the most part, was a real strong force. Good on forecheck, good on body, coming down on the wing and using his shot. Defensively he made some good reads. They are young players who are going through the process of being good contributors at the NHL level. They have a ton of upside and we need them to come in. They replaced some big pieces and came in and have done well for us.”
4/29/15: "I don’t think he went through anything out of the ordinary. He went through what any young player usually goes through. The process of learning how to be a true pro. Not a lot of guys like Kevin Hayes step in and stay for a full season and continue to improve and contribute. Usually there is a learning curve and you need to go to the minors to improve your game and work on your skill and overall conditioning and etc. JT went through that process, came to camp this year with a better mindset and got better everyday.”
5/23/15: "Yeah, he’s coming along. Part of the overall knowledge of the game and figuring the game out and when it’s time to go and not to go. J.T. is one of our younger players like Jesper and Kevin and Step and Kreider, with the knowledge they’re getting better, and that’s what we need."
5/24/15: " In J.T.’s case, he’s a skilled, physical forward that is tough to handle in one-on-one situations. I think the reason I moved him up is because I think he’s been one of our better forwards, and probably play on that same line again tonight."
6/2/15: "The thing with JT is looking for a bit more consistency but there is a tremendous amount of upside there."