SHERWOOD PARK - Oilers prospect Andrew Miller is attending his first team Development Camp this week after having captained the Yale Bulldogs to a National Championship. Shortly after capping off his senior year with the first-ever title for an ivy-league school, Miller signed with Edmonton.
"All four years we were working towards a National Championship. It takes some bounces and a lot of hard work. We stuck to our system and had a great coach in Keith Allain. Our systems worked well and Red Gendron, our defensive coach, put everything together," stated Miller.
Miller didn't get a chance to visit Edmonton or even Oklahoma City after signing his deal as he still needed to attend classes and graduate Yale (no small feat!) so this camp marks the first time the Michigan native has ever visited Western Canada.
"A lot of great guys and a lot of great history. The hockey program is well-respected throughout the League and I've had a great time the week that I've been here," he remarked. "We're all from different parts of the world and it's great to meet new guys and play with new guys. I'm excited to be a part of the Oilers and looking forward to the future."
The Hobey Baker Award Finalist noted that when it came time to decide where to sign as a highly-sought-after college free agent, it was the skill on the Oilers which attracted him to Edmonton.
"The organization is five star. Management and the coaching staff is in a great place right now. It's a young team with a lot of skill so hopefully I can be a part of that."
Miller had 18 goals and 41 points to lead his Yale squad in both categories. He had 114 assists over his four-year career, which ranked as the best all-time in school history. His 156 points ranks fifth. He also showed plenty of versatility in terms of which positions he could play up front.
"I'm usually in the centre position but sometimes to the wing. I'm a speed and skill guy. I can play both ends and find players on the ice. Hopefully I can make my linemates better."
A very good comparable for Miller is current Oilers prospect Mark Arcobello. Both players are 24 years of age and they were teammates at Yale for two seasons.
"We're pretty similar. We both went to college together and played on the same line. We're pretty interchangeable at times. I looked up to him as a senior and he taught me a lot. He's a good kid and we play a similar style of game. I haven't played with him in awhile so can't speak for him personally but I know he's a good player, moves the puck well and sees the ice well.
"He's one of my good friends and playing with him at any point in my career would be great."
Looking ahead to next season, Miller felt the sky was the limit on what he could achieve so long as he continues to improve.
"I want to develop as a player. I want to play with the best players in the world and I'm going to work hard to get to that point. If I can just focus on myself and get stronger, faster and quicker and learn as much as I can from each skate."