The New York Rangers have sent rookie forward JT Miller back to AHL Connecticut, the club announced on Tuesday.
Miller, 20, scored 2G-2A-4PTS in 26 games with the Rangers this season, earning high praise from head coach John Tortorella for his ability to jump into the Blueshirts lineup in his first year of professional hockey.
Miller had missed the last four games with a sore left wrist, during which the Rangers made a series of acquisitions to bolster the lineup, specifically bringing in forwards Ryane Clowe and Derick Brassard (with injured winger Derek Dorsett likely to follow).
A former standout with OHL Plymouth, Miller was taken 15th overall at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and played a big part in Team USA’s gold medal win at the 2013 World Junior tournament in Russia.
If you can’t trust them, they can’t play for you.
Especially, we should add, when you are John Tortorella and your team is fighting to make the playoffs.
That seems to be the situation in New York, where the Rangers have reportedly assigned young forwards Chris Kreider and JT Miller to AHL Connecticut.
Neither player saw much ice during Monday’s 4-2 victory over Winnipeg, with coach John Tortorella explaining afterward that the “stakes are too high right now” for mistakes.
Of course, the Rangers also just landed veteran forward Ryane Clowe in a trade with San Jose, so that’s at least one spot that needed to be opened.
Arron Asham could fill the other spot tonight versus the Penguins (on NBCSN).
The New York Rangers’ youth movement will on full display tonight at MSG.
The Blueshirts will skate two of their last four first-round draft picks — JT Miller (15th overall, 2011) and Chris Kreider (19th overall, 2009) — on a line with center Brian Boyle tonight against Florida.
Kreider will replace Taylor Pyatt on the line, and look to add some offensive flair — Miller hasn’t scored a goal in 19 games while Boyle has just one goal in 25 games.
“[Kreider] brings a high skill set, a big body, skates as well as anybody,” Miller told the New York Daily news. “So he makes people better that way.”
Kreider, who started the year with the Rangers, has spent the last eight games playing “big minutes in every situation” for AHL Connecticut and responded with seven points.
He says he’s not feeling any extra pressure in his second stint with the team, even though the Rangers are desperate for wins.
You’d rather be under the microscope than the guy they don’t worry about,” he told Newsday. “Right?”