J. T. Miller

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J. T. Miller
J.T. Miller - New York Rangers.jpg
Miller as a Ranger in October 2014
Born (1993-03-14) March 14, 1993 (age 24)
East Palestine, Ohio, U.S.
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team New York Rangers
National team  United States
NHL Draft 15th overall, 2011
New York Rangers
Playing career 2012–present

Jonathan Tanner "J. T." Miller (born March 14, 1993) is an American professional ice hockey left winger for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL).[1] He was selected by the Rangers in the first round, 15th overall, at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. A versatile player, Miller can play as a center or winger.

Early life[edit]

Miller grew up in a residential area in East Palestine, Ohio, blocks away from the East Palestine Ohio Elementary, Middle and High Schools, attending all three, albeit only for the sophomore year of the latter. He began playing ice hockey at a young age and also participated in other organized athletics, including baseball and football. Miller played for several ice hockey teams from the age of five through 12 before ending up with the Pittsburgh Hornets from age 12 to age 16, as at the time his family was living in the Pittsburgh suburb of Coraopolis, Pennsylvania.[2] In 2009, Miller moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to participate in USA Hockey's two-year National Team Development Program (US NTDP).

Playing career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

Miller began 2009–10 with the US NTDP of the United States Hockey League (USHL).[3] After two seasons playing in the Program, he was then selected in the first round, 15th overall, at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers.[4]

For the 2011–12 season, Miller transitioned to major junior ice hockey, joining the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Towards latter stages of the season, he then joined the Connecticut Whale, the Rangers' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, for their run in the 2012 Calder Cup playoffs. He registered one assist in eight playoff games, and after Connecticut was eliminated, Miller was added to the Rangers' playoff roster.[5]

Professional[edit]

In his second game playing for the Rangers, Miller scored twice, leading his team to a 4–1 victory against the New York Islanders. He then scored his first career NHL goal on February 7, 2013, as a Ranger at the 1:29 mark of the first period against Evgeni Nabokov of the Islanders.

After the 2012–13 Whale season, Miller was added to the Rangers' 2013 playoff roster.[6]

Miller wore #47 during the 2012-13 season, but for 2013-14 switched to wearing #10, which had been worn by Marian Gaborik the previous season. Miller split time between the Rangers and the Wolf Pack during the 2013-14 season, but did not play with the Rangers during their run to the 2014 Stanley Cup Final.

Miller finally secured a full-time roster spot with the Rangers during the 2014-15 season, putting up 10 goals and 13 assists (23 points) in 58 games.

Miller had a breakout season in 2015-16, scoring 22 goals and 21 assists (43 points), at times finding himself on the Rangers top line with Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello.

International play[edit]

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Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing United States United States
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2013 Ufa
IIHF World U18 Championship
Gold medal – first place 2011 Germany
World U-17 Hockey Challenge
Gold medal – first place 2010 Ontario

Miller represented the United States junior team at the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, where he played in six games, scoring two goals and two assists.[7][8]

Miller was also selected to represent the United States at the 2013 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, where he led the team with seven assists and tied for the team lead with nine points, winning a gold medal in the process.[9]

Miller represented Team North America (age 23 and under team) in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 US NTDP USHL 29 5 7 12 32
2010–11 US NTDP USHL 21 3 12 15 48
2011–12 Plymouth Whalers OHL 61 25 37 62 61 13 2 8 10 18
2011–12 Connecticut Whale AHL 8 0 1 1 2
2012–13 Connecticut Whale AHL 42 8 15 23 29
2012–13 New York Rangers NHL 26 2 2 4 8
2013–14 New York Rangers NHL 30 3 3 6 18 4 0 2 2 2
2013–14 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 41 15 28 43 47
2014–15 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 18 6 9 15 12
2014–15 New York Rangers NHL 58 10 13 23 23 19 1 7 8 2
2015–16 New York Rangers NHL 82 22 21 43 46 5 0 3 3 4
NHL totals 196 37 39 76 95 28 1 12 13 8

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2010 United States U-17 1st, gold medalist(s) 6 5 4 9 28
2011 United States U18 1st, gold medalist(s) 6 4 9 13 6
2012 United States WJC 7th 6 2 2 4 0
2013 United States WJC 1st, gold medalist(s) 7 2 7 9 2
Junior totals 25 13 22 35 36

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leonard, Pat (November 29, 2014). "Rangers recall J.T. Miller to replace grieving Chris Kreider in Saturday's lineup vs. Flyers following death of Kreider's grandfather". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on 2014-12-05. Retrieved 2014-11-29. 
  2. ^ NHL Draft: Coraopolis's Miller ranks high among power forwards - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  3. ^ "Two Team USA Forwards Commit to North Dakota". USHL. October 27, 2010. Retrieved June 24, 2011. 
  4. ^ "First-rounder Miller agrees to terms". New York Rangers. July 28, 2011. Retrieved January 5, 2012. 
  5. ^ Gourlie, M. (May 15, 2012). "McIlrath added to Rangers playoff roster". Moose Jaw Times-Herald. Retrieved May 16, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Rangers call up 10 players from Whale". New York Rangers. April 28, 2013. Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Miller makes U.S. World Junior team". New York Rangers. December 22, 2011. Retrieved January 5, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Player Statistics by Team - USA" (PDF). IIHF. Retrieved January 5, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Player Statistics by Team: USA" (PDF). IIHF. Retrieved January 7, 2013. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Dylan McIlrath
New York Rangers first round draft pick
2011
Succeeded by
Brady Skjei