JT Miller said earlier this season that the Rangers expect him to bring his "A" game on nightly basis and that is what he also expects of himself. (CBC)
He said that he challenges himself to be better every year and that he has high expectations for how he wants to perform. (CBC)
- Larry Brooks writes that Miller was the Rangers best forward through the first 50 games of the season before going through an "unfortunate slide." (NY Post)
- Miller had 16 goals and 19 assists in the first 49 games this season, prior to the All-Star break, and 6 goals and 18 assists in the 45 games that followed, including the playoffs.
- In 24 games in January and February, Miller had 7 goals and 15 assists.
- In 19 games in March an April, Miller had 3 goals and 5 assists.
Brooks adds that "there is nothing but upside in Miller" but that if they want to acquire a defenseman via trade they may have to part with someone they don't want to. (NY Post)
In 12 games in the playoffs, Miller had 3 assists, 17 shots on goal and an average of 16:33.
Miller was on WDVE Radio in Pittsburgh recently and said that he still has more to give in his game.
Adam Rotter: There were times this season where Miller looked, to me, like he was untouchable and shouldn't be the guy the Rangers use as the centerpiece of a deal to land a defenseman. I still mostly feel that way but I was a little disappointed with impact, or lack thereof, that he made down the stretch and in the playoffs. I still think Miller is a keeper because when you look at his overall game he has gotten better from year to year. This year was his best and most consistent and still featured a large section of inconsistent play. He still makes some tough decisions with the puck, and he needs to shoot more, but, to me, he is a big part of the Rangers long-term future.