Don’t look now, but J.T. Miller might just be “getting it.”
By “it” you can mean a number of things: New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault’s confidence, his own confidence and that scoring touch at the NHL level.
He’s been on particularly hot streak for the last three weeks or so. While he failed to score in Saturday’s win against the Philadelphia Flyers, Miller reeled off a run in which he scored five points in three games and eight goals during a nine-game span.
His teammates and coach have taken notice, too, as Denis Gorman of Metro New York reports.
“The first practice I saw him, his strength, the way he shoots the puck. He has good hands, vision, he has everything to become a great hockey player,” Henrik Lundqvist said. “He’s getting there. He’s improving so much, but the biggest thing is probably just confidence, realizing that he is that good and he can use all these tools to be a great player.”
The Rangers aim to be a regular contender, and sometimes staying in the picture is all about developing prospects like Miller.
At the moment, it looks like he’s trending in an impressive direction.