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Rangers sign 2011 first pick Miller

Thursday, 07.28.2011 / 11:03 AM / 2011 Offseason News

By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

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Rangers sign 2011 first pick Miller
The New York Rangers have signed 2011 first-round pick J.T. Miller to an entry-level contract. Terms of the deal were not released.
The New York Rangers have signed 2011 first-round pick J.T. Miller to an entry-level contract. Terms of the deal were not released.

Miller, a 6-foot-1, 189-pound center taken with the 15th pick of last month's draft, had 15 goals and 36 points in 50 games with the U.S. National Team Development Program. He also had team-highs of 8 assists and 12 points to help the U.S. win the gold medal at the World Under-18 Championship in April in Germany.

He is the sixth player from the 2011 draft to sign a contract, joining Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (No. 1, Oilers), Adam Larsson (No. 4, Devils), Mika Zibanejad (No. 6, Senators), Jonas Brodin (No. 10, Wild) and Sven Baertschi (No. 13, Flames).

Miller will play next season with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League, passing on a previous commitment to play at the University of North Dakota.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK


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