admitted choosing to play with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League was a tough decision, but one he felt was in the best interest of his hockey career.
Miller, taken by the New York Rangers
with the 15th pick of the 2011 Entry Draft, decided July 14 he would forgo a scholarship to play at the University of North Dakota, and after signing his entry-level deal with the Rangers on Thursday, he signed to play with the Whalers on Friday.
Because Miller was drafted from the U.S. National Team Development Program, he is eligible to play in the American Hockey League this season, but that would waste a season on his contract.
"I'm very excited to finally get to Plymouth," Miller told Plymouth's website. "I've had to make a couple of tough decisions over the last few weeks, but I'm happy to get up there and am ready to play. … Plymouth looks like a strong team with one of the best coaches in the league (Mike Vellucci
) -- if not the best, in my opinion. I've seen Plymouth play a few times, especially when Tyler Seguin
was there, and it was great to watch."