Jeff Gorton and the New York Rangers surprised fans when they traded up to draft 6’5″, 209-pound defenseman K’Andre Miller. Miller started his hockey career playing forward but decided to switch to defense in high school. To draft Miller, the Rangers traded their 26th and 48th picks to the Ottawa Senators to select the left-handed defenseman at 22nd overall. Opting to bypass the opportunity to jump into the NHL, Miller committed to playing the following season for the University of Wisconsin where he put up 23 points in 26 games. During that 2108-2019 season, he won the award for rookie of the month twice in November and December.
Contract and Statistics
Miller signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Rangers on March 16th, 2020. So far to date, Miller has put up some very good numbers on the teams he has played with, most notably 12 goals and 28 assists for 40 points in the 62 games he amassed playing for the Wisconsin Badgers.
When the COVID-19 pandemic put a stop to the 2019-2020 season, it was a mystery of what would become of the remainder of games to be played. Also, how will the frozen standings affect the seeding for teams should the NHL resume.
This past summer, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and the Players Association gave us the qualifying rounds under a bubble and gave the Rangers a golden opportunity to make the 16 team roster to compete for the Stanley Cup. New York sent invitations to their players and prospects to compete in a shortened training camp.
K’Andre Miller accepted the invitation and head coach David Quinn has said that Miller was the most complete and perhaps the best player in camp. If Miller can turn heads again in this upcoming training camp, expect to see him make the opening night roster paired with Jacob Trouba.