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Ducks Recall Miller from Portland

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

The Ducks announced today that they have recalled left wing Drew Miller from the Portland Pirates, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Miller, 23 (2/17/84), scored 5-5=10 points with a +4 rating and two penalty minutes (PIM) in seven games with the Pirates this season. Earlier today, Miller was named the Rbk/AHL Player of the Week for Jan. 7-13 after recording 5-3=8 points with a +4 rating in four games. He collected his first career hat trick on Jan. 9 at Bridgeport to spark a four-game point streak that helped Portland to a 4-0-0-0 record last week. 

Selected in the sixth round (186th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Miller has scored 2-3=5 points with six PIM in 25 games with the Ducks this season. Miller, who registered his first career NHL goal on Oct. 17 vs. Nashville, has an even plus/minus rating while averaging 11:17 time on ice (TOI).

Miller made his professional hockey debut in 2006-07 with Portland, finishing tied for first on the Pirates in rookie scoring and tied for third in overall scoring (16-20=36). He played in three games for Anaheim during the 2007 playoffs, including Games One and Two of the Stanley Cup Final vs. Ottawa.

The 6-2, 176-pound winger played at Michigan State for three seasons (2003-06), where he served as captain of the Spartans in 2005-06 and led the club in scoring with 18-25=43 points in 44 games. Miller was named Michigan State’s Most Valuable Player and was honored as the Central Collegiate Hockey Association’s Best Defensive Forward in 2006.

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