New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward J.T. Miller.
Miller, 22, skated in 58 games with the Rangers this past season, registering 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 points, along with a plus-five rating and 23 penalty minutes. He established NHL career-highs in games played, goals, assists, points, plus/minus rating, game-winning goals (three), power play goals (two), and power play points (three). Miller tied for fifth on the Rangers in game-winning goals and ranked sixth in shooting percentage (10.9%). He registered eight points (three goals, five assists) in the final 13 games of the regular season and he posted a plus/minus rating of even or better in 33 of the final 38 regular season contests.
The 6-1, 200-pounder also registered one goal and seven assists for eight points, along with a plus-three rating and two penalty minutes in 19 playoff games with the Rangers this past season. Miller established NHL playoff career-highs in games played, goals, assists, and points, and tied his playoff career-high in plus/minus rating. He tied for third on the Rangers in assists, tied for fourth in power play assists (two), and ranked fifth in plus/minus rating in the playoffs. He established single-game NHL playoff career-highs with three assists, four points, and a plus-four rating, and tallied his first career NHL playoff goal in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final at Tampa Bay on May 26. Miller, along with Rick Nash and Derick Brassard, became the first Ranger to tally at least four points in a game which the Rangers faced elimination since Mark Messier did so in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final in 1994 against New Jersey.
Miller has skated in 114 career NHL games over parts of three seasons, all with the Rangers, registering 15 goals and 18 assists for 33 points, along with 49 penalty minutes. He made his NHL debut on February 5, 2013 at New Jersey, and he registered his first career NHL goal/point as part of a two-goal effort on February 7, 2013 vs. the NY Islanders. Miller is the most recent teenager who tallied two goals in a game with the Blueshirts, and at the time, he became the first teenager to post a multi-goal game with the Rangers since Alexei Kovalev did so on December 27, 1992. In addition, he has registered 10 points (one goal, nine assists) and has posted a plus-six rating in 23 career NHL playoff games.
In addition, Miller skated in 18 regular season games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2014-15, registering six goals and nine assists for 15 points, along with 12 penalty minutes. Miller ranked second on the team (minimum five games played) in points per game (0.83) this past season. He recorded a point in 12 of 18 games with Hartford and posted three multi-point games.
In 101 career AHL games, Miller has registered 29 goals and 51 assists for 80 points, along with 88 penalty minutes. He represented the Eastern Conference at the 2013 AHL All-Star Game during his rookie season, and he has tallied 57 points (21 goals and 36 assists) in 59 AHL games over the past two seasons.
Internationally, the East Palestine, Ohio native has represented the United States in several tournaments. Most recently, Miller registered nine points (two goals, seven assists) and posted a plus-five rating in seven games to help Team USA capture a gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship. Miller, who served as an alternate captain for Team USA, tied for second among all skaters in the tournament in assists, tied for fifth in points, and tied for 10th in plus/minus rating.
Miller was originally selected by the Rangers in the first round, 15th overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.