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FUTURE WATCH | Andrew Miller

by Ashley Docking / Edmonton Oilers

The Oklahoma City Barons are having a special season. They're currently first in the AHL's Western Conference, have led the entire league at times and have etched their name into the history books with a league record 13 overtime wins.

Their success has a lot to do with the tight-knit nature of the group but also the experience and maturity of the individuals that make it up. In particular, Andrew Miller, who hails from the Ivy League Yale University: a program that taught him how to win.

Photo by Getty Images.

Miller finished his collegiate career as Yale's assist (114) and games played (141) leader. The 5-foot-10 forward also sits top five in total points with 156.

The list of accolades doesn't end there. Miller is one of only five Yale players to be named a two-time, first team All-ECAC pick, he led his team in scoring in his senior year with a career high 18 goals and he scored the game-winning goal in the semi-finals of the NCAA DI Frozen Four Tournament. Ask him what his favourite hockey memory is and, like any player worth their weight in gold, it’s not an individual achievement. Miller says it’s the title he claimed as part of a team.

“Winning was an awesome experience,” Miller said. “(It was) great to be apart of a National Championship team.”

The Yale Bulldogs were the 2013 NCAA Champions with Miller serving as their captain. That group brought home the institution’s first national title.

“The school was very supportive and it was a lot of fun, it’s probably my most memorable moment as a hockey player,” said Miller.

And that’s saying a lot because after that successful season, Miller signed a one-year entry level contract with the Oilers in April of 2013, and began his professional career with the Barons.

Photo by Steven Christy | Oklahoma City Barons

Although the born-again rookie didn't have the same title as captain, it didn't dictate the role he was going to take or the standard he held himself too on his new team two years ago.

“It was definitely different going from school to my first year in the AHL, (but) as for responsibility not all that much changes,” Miller said. “Your coaches are still expecting you to bring your A-game every day. Being a rookie in the AHL, I felt like it was important to try and emulate what the older guys were doing.”

The tactic seems to have paid off for the now 26-year-old. In his first season, he recorded eight goals and 26 assists. This season, he’s hit a career high in scoring with 21 goals and 26 assists so far. It’s bit of an, “I told you so” to critics who questioned the ceiling of Miller.

It’s a critique that seems unfounded, since Miller produced at least a point-per-game four years in a row at university and now has posted 20+ goals in the AHL. The forward has been nothing if not consistent, and his hard work has been even more evident recently as the Barons make a playoff push.

Miller has points in five of his last six games, with four goals and five assists in that time. He also leads the Barons in goals (and is tied for sixth in the AHL) and points (45, 10th). His three overtime goals are also tied for second in the league.

Photo by Steven Christy | Oklahoma City Barons

“Each game I feel like I can take something new away and improve my game, hoping to grow my game all the time,” said Miller, who also elaborated about a facet of his game he wants to master. “I have been working on trying to make plays at high speed.”

Miller's outstanding offensive outburst has put the Barons in prime position to contend for the Calder Cup, but what makes OKC so dangerous is that they've been getting scoring from everyone and have also mastered the art of winning on the road.

The Barons are tied for the most road wins and points, 17 and 37 respectively.

“We have been a good team on the road this year, we have had a lot of timely scoring and some really good goaltending,” said Miller.

But the mentality, whether home or away, it remains the same for the Barons. 

 

“I think our team is looking to play our game each night and put pressure on the opponent all over the ice,” Miller said. “Our best games as a team are when we are using our speed to our advantage.”

At 34-15-3-3, OKC will look to finish its remaining 21 regular season games before attempting to making a deep playoff in the Barons final season in that city.


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Stats Updated as of Wednesday, March 4, 2015  | * - Player on AHL contract with Oklahoma City Barons

Oklahoma City (AHL)


Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM
KEITH AULIE D 25 8 0 1 1 -6 0
BRANDON DAVIDSON D 23 41 3 5 8 +11 35
TRAVIS EWANYK F 21 51 2 3 5 -16 83
MATT FORD* F 30 48 14 22 36 +1 20
MARTIN GERNAT d 21 45 0 7 7 +2 30
LUKE GAZDIC F 25 5 2 0 2 -1 7
CURTIS HAMILTON
F 23 49 11 15 26 -2 27
RYAN HAMILTON
F 29 32 15 14 29 +11 6
BRAD HUNT D 26 41 14 26 40 +5 8
CONNOR JONES*
F 24 25 3 4 7 -1 10
KELLEN JONES*
F 24 28 4 7 11 +1 8
KALE KESSY
F 21 17 3 3 6 -7 61
JUJHAR KHAIRA
F 20 50 4 6 10 -6 62
OSCAR KLEFBOM   d 21 9 1 7 8 +10 4
ANTON LANDER
F 23 29 9 22 31 +8 20
KELLAN LAIN F 25 2 0 0 0 0 4
C.J. LUDWIG* D 24 13 1 2 3 -1 24
MARTIN MARINCIN
D 23 27 0 7 7 -4 20
ANDREW MILLER F 26 51 21 26 47 +13 10
MITCH MOROZ F 20 45 2 3 5 -7 90
DAVID MUSIL D 21 48 1 7 8 +2 27
JORDAN OESTERLE  D 22 49 6 15 21 +5 6
IIRO PAKARINEN F 23 39 17 11 28 +17 20
STEVE PINIZZOTTO
F 30 21 1 10 11 +4 76
TYLER PITLICK
F 23 14 3 6 9 +2 8
DILLON SIMPSON
d 21 50 2 10 12 +3 10
JASON WILLIAMS*
F 34 52 17 24 41 -3 24
BOGDAN YAKIMOV
F 20 50 9 13 22 +8 16
JOSH WINQUIST*
F 21 26 4 4 8 +2 9
Bakersfield (ECHL)
Name POS age    GP G A P +/- PIM
GRAEME CRAIG* D 21 44 4 5 9 +2 49
CONNOR JONES* F 24 27 10 16 26 +3 29
KELLEN JONES* F 24 27 7 18 25 +3 12
C.J. LUDWIG* D 24 26 3 11 14 -7 21
JOSH WINQUIST* F 21 18 5 18 23 -6 11
Canadian Hockey League
Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM team
BEN BETKER   d 20 57 5 23 28 +22 59 EVERETT (WHL)
GREG CHASE  C 20 15 2 13 15 +2 20 CALGARY (WHL)
38 17 21 38 0 29 victoria (whl)
LEON DRAISAITL
f 19 24 15 24 39 +11 23 KELOWNA (WHL)
JACKSON HOUCK
f 19 57 20 26 46 -4 73 VANCOUVER (WHL)
DARNELL NURSE D 20 33 9 22 31 +12 56 SAULT STE. MARIE (OHL)
KYLE PLATZER F 19 59 29 43 72 +13 40 OWEN SOUND (OHL)
MARCO ROY
F 20 52 24 19 43 +1 41 QUEBEC (qmjHL)
NCAA, Junior A & USHL
Name POS age  GP G A P +/- PIM team
EVAN CAMPBELL   f 21 32 10 15 25 +6 27 UMASS-LOWELL (NCAA)
LIAM COUGHLIN
F 20 54 20 40 60 0 31 VERNON (BCHL)
WILLIAM LAGESSON
d 18 37 1 12 13 +12 77 DUBUQUE (USHL)
JOEY LALEGGIA  d 22 31 12 23 35 +12 37 DENVER (NCAA)
JOHN MCCARRON   f 22 29 4 8 12 -7 26 CORNELL (NCAA)
AIDAN MUIR   F 19 31 6 8 14 +8 4 WESTERN MICHIGAN (NCAA)
TYLER VESEL F 20 32 7 12 19 +9 0 NEBRASKA-OMAHA (NCAA)
Europe
Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM team
ROMAN HORAK
f 23 53 18 13 31 -3 24 VITYAZ (KHL)
PHILIP LARSEN
f 25 56 6 19 25 -22 34 YUGRA (KHL)
ANTON SLEPYSHEV
f 20 58 15 10 25 0 12 UFA (KHL)
ANTTI TYRVAINEN
F 25 43 8 7 15 -3 87 TAMPERE (FINLAND)
DANIIL ZHARKOV
F 20 9 0 0 0 -1 4 NIZHNY NOVGOROD (KHL)
39 4 5 9 -11 22 HK SAROV (VHL)
1 0 0 0 0 0 Nizhny Novgorod (MHL)
2015 World Junior Hockey Championships
Name POS age GP G A P +/- PIM team
DARNELL NURSE
D 19 7 0 1 1 +8 6 CANADA
WILLIAM LAGESSON
D 18 7 0 1 1 +1 8 SWEDEN
Goaltenders
Name age GP w l T SO GAA SV% team
RICHARD BACHMAN   27 22 14 4 3   3 2.30 .921 OKLAHOMA CITY (AHL)
KEVEN BOUCHARD  18 31 11 12 5   1 4.11 .864 VAL D'OR (QMJHL)
LAURENT BROSSOIT 21 33 18 11 2   2 2.46 .920 OKLAHOMA CITY (AHL)
TYLER BUNZ   22 17 6 10 1   2 2.97 .890 wichita (ECHL)
ZACHARY NAGELVOORT
20 20 10 8 0   1 2.65 .908 MICHIGAN (NCAA)
TY RIMMER*
22 25 8 11 3   1 3.20 .889 BAKERSFIELD (ECHL)
Frans Tuohimaa   23 30 11 13 3   0 3.20 .880 BAKERSFIELD (ECHL)
3 2 0 1   0 4.22 .904 OKLAHOMA CITY (AHL)

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