Rangers 2011 first-round draft pick J.T. Miller
will represent the United States at the upcoming World Junior Championship tournament in Alberta, which begins next week.
On Thursday, Miller was among the 22 players named to the final U.S. roster. He will join fellow 2011 Rangers draftee Peter Ceresnak
of Slovakia as the only Rangers prospects participating in the most prestigious tournament involving players under age 20.
Miller, who spent last season in the U.S. National Team Development Program at Ann Arbor, Mich., was always considered a front-runner to make Team USA's cut. He helped that cause in the Ontario Hockey League so far this season, where he has scored 13 goals and 39 points through his first 31 OHL games.
Ceresnak, a Slovak defenseman selected by the Rangers in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, is also playing in the OHL this season as a member of the Peterborough Petes. He has 18 points in 31 games.
Both Miller, 18, and Ceresnak, who turns 19 next month, were members of the Rangers' team of prospects that finished second to Buffalo at the 2011 Traverse City (Mich.) prospects tournament. For Miller, this will be a World Junior debut, while Ceresnak has some WJC experience after playing six games for Slovakia last year.
The World Junior tournament begins on Monday when Team USA faces Denmark in Edmonton at 8 p.m. ET. That game will air nationally on the NHL Network. Slovakia opens tournament play on Tuesday against Latvia.