The Edmonton Oilers signed Andrew Miller earlier today. Miller was signed by GM Craig MacTavish out of Yale last summer, receiving a $70,000 AHL salary and a $92,500 signing bonus. Terms of today’s deal were not announced, but they’ll be along shortly. Miller had some wrist issues this season, but managed to score 52GP, 8-26-34 with the Barons. Neal Livingston notes that he can play center, but spent much of his time with the Barons on the wing—something we’ll probably see again this season with the incoming tall tree pivots like Jujhar Khaira and Bogdan Yakimov.
NOTES UPON SIGNING ONE YEAR AGO
- Corey Pronman: The 24 year old center is a classic small, skilled college player. Miller displays above-average qualities in terms of his speed, puck skills and overall offensive instincts. In his Senior season especially he showed the ability to consistently create scoring chances and keep the play flowing in the right direction.
- United States of Hockey: The captain of the newly-crowned national champions, Miller has had success at just about every level he has played. Downgraded because of his size over the years, Miller never got picked up in the draft despite being a consistent offensive producer. He never finished with fewer than 35 points in a season over his four year career in Yale and is a former USHL MVP, having posted 82 points in his last season in the top junior circuit in the U.S. At 5-8, 170, his size may concern some NHL GMs, but his outstanding offensive capabilities could make him a savvy pickup for Edmonton. He scored a career best 18 goals, including the overtime game-winner in the national semifinal against UMass-Lowell. He also added 23 assists to tie for the team lead with 41 points.
Jonathan Willis took note of him during the season, saying “Miller is the purest offensive talent on the list, small and fast and with good vision.”Miller turns 26 in September, and his NHL equivalencies (this is the Vollman) suggest he will need to improve his number to have a future.
VOLLMAN NHLE FOR BARONS FORWARDS 2013-14
- C Mark Arcobello 25-44-69
- C Anton Lander 17-32-49
- L Roman Horak 17-22-39
- R Tyler Pitlick 9-16-25
- R Andrew Miller 6-18-24
- C Will Acton 9-9-18
- R Matt Ford 9-8-17
- L Curtis Hamilton 8-8-16
- R Steve Pinizzotto 5-11-16
- D Martin Marincin 6-7-13
- C Travis Ewanyk 4-4-8