The New York Rangers have recalled J.T. Miller from the Hartford WolfPack, their AHL affiliate. The 20 year old left wing is one of the Rangers top prospects. Miller has split time between the Rangers and WolfPack this year, notching 10 goals and 16 assists for Hartford in 26 games but managing only 2 goals and 2 assists for the Blueshirts in 25 games in the NHL this year.
Miller, the 15th overall pick in the 2011 draft, is back with the big club to help fill the scoring void left in the wake of of the injury to the team’s top scorer Mats Zuccarello, who was injured during the Sochi Olympics while representing Norway. Zucacrello is expected to miss 2-3 weeks of NHL action due to a non-displaced fracture in his left hand.
“The real J.T.” as he is known to some of the Ranger faithful, will have (figuratively) big shoes to fill if he is going to pick up some of the slack left by Zuccarello’s absence. He certainly has shown the ability to be a consistent scorer at the AHL level, averaging a point per game this year, but he has yet to show that kind of offensive prowess at the highest level, scoring only 8 points in 51 career games.
The Rangers are currently 6th in the Eastern Conference coming out of the Olympic break, but only 4 points from the 9th place Columbus Blue Jackets.