OILERS RECALL MILLER

The Edmonton Oilers made their first in-season transaction involving the Bakersfield Condors today, recalling forward Andrew Miller. Matt Hendricks heads to IR in order to make room.

He’s a very effective AHL player and is 4GP, 1-2-3 in Bakersfield this year. In nine NHL games last season, he showed very well (1-5-6) including 87 productive minutes with Taylor Hall. Here is a re-print of some of the pertinent items in my summer RE on Miller, which is here.

 

  • Is he really fast? Much faster than I thought he’d be, Miller can keep up with the skill guys and that’s important.
  • Who did he play with? Anton Lander and Taylor Hall were his most common linemates. Small sample size alert, but he did score 2.07/60 at 5×5 with Taylor Hall.
  • He had five EV points and a 1.47/60 overall? Yes. One of his points was a penalty shot goal. 5.25/60 at 5×5 with Keith Aulie. Small sample sizes are like LSD (or so I’ve heard).
  • What did the original scouting reports say? 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.
  • Where is he on the depth chart? I have him starting in the AHL but as you can see getting significant NHL time.
  • Is he waiver eligible? I believe he qualifies for waivers under article 13 13.4-13.4 (section D).
  • So they could lose him? Sure, but he’s not a famous player and every team has someone like him. A year from now he might be a bigger part of the team but I expect he’d clear this fall.
  • College guys seem to like Edmonton. I spoke to Tom Lynn on the Lowdown in the winter, he told me the number one thing college kids are looking for in signing with an NHL team is opportunity. Lynn said a team (like Edmonton) that gives opportunities (and NHL minutes) to college free agents after signing them gets noticed and the agent (ahem, adviser) uses that when discussing destinations. Bottom line: Andrew Miller’s success bodes well for Edmonton in the next free-agent negotiations.
  • Can Miller replace Arcobello? I think Marcobello has more range—he’s a center, more responsible defensively—but Miller has some nice things, too. Great passer, can play with skill. Speed.
  • Would he play with Leon in Bakersfield? That’s a strong possibility. I think Slepyshev—LD—Miller or R.Hamilton—LD—Pakarinen are the most likely combinations.
  • What will he do in Bakersfield? Point-per-game, thereabouts, maybe more. He’s (imo) bona fide now, a made man. Miller is in that window of development where he’s AAAA, overqualified for the AHL and not yet an NHL player. He’s proven he can flourish in the AHL and now needs an opportunity.
  • How often do these kids get an opportunity? They honestly usually do get it. NHL teams usually value a prospect enough to give them some NHL games. Toni Rajala is a recent negative example, but he got lost in the flood of MacT assuming everything was wrong in the system. It happens a lot when teams change over, that’s why really good players sometimes shake loose for free. Bad organizations.
  • Example? Charlie Simmer.
  • Example from this century? Patrick Sharp.

 

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27 Responses to "OILERS RECALL MILLER"

  1. vinotintazo says:

    Hall-Nuge-Miller
    Pou-CMD-Yak
    Korp-Lander-Purcell
    Klink-Letestu-Sleppy.

  2. dustrock says:

    Figured they’d keep Draisaitl down for quite a while. Seems like it always takes Leon time to adjust to a new environment then he dominates.

    Miller can play all 3 forward positions I think.

    He has to pass through waivers on the way down though?

  3. Adam Wu says:

    Could this be an indication that Sleppy is going to get sent down soon?

  4. Woodguy says:

    Someone mentioned Miller as the first call up to replace Slappy the other day.

    Was it you LT?

  5. Woodguy says:

    Adam Wu:
    Could this be an indication that Sleppy is going to get sent down soon?

    I liked the extra offence he brought to the 4th line.

    No seeing 1st pairing Dmen can go a long way for a young man getting acclimated to the NHL.

  6. JDï™ says:

    With the Wings and then Caps coming in next, maybe they wanted some extra speed in the lineup rather than the more rugged Iiro the Hero?

    Also, this: https://a.thumbs.redditmedia.com/l1aPN85MmgYurwNP7SEjNFELY6NW4ovtkciVgbzwlI4.png

  7. Lowetide says:

    Woodguy:
    Someone mentioned Miller as the first call up to replace Slappy the other day.

    Was it you LT?

    I don’t think I mentioned anyone over another. Could have been Iiro too imo, but I like this option too.

  8. spoiler says:

    More worrisome to me is the possibility Hendricks is more hurt than originally thought. Broken bone maybe…

  9. spoiler says:

    dustrock:
    Figured they’d keep Draisaitl down for quite a while.Seems like it always takes Leon time to adjust to a new environment then he dominates.

    Miller can play all 3 forward positions I think.

    He has to pass through waivers on the way down though?

    I’m going off memory–I’m on my phone–but IIRC it depends on how long he stays up.

  10. dustrock says:

    spoiler: I’m going off memory–I’m on my phone–but IIRC it depends on how long he stays up.

    Does it make a difference if he’s an injury call-up?

  11. spoiler says:

    dustrock,

    Don’t think so unless it’s an emergency callup. 30 days or 10 games is the limit for sending back without waivers coming into effect.

  12. russ99 says:

    I wish Miller well, but realistically he’s a stopgap. Other than Leon and Nurse, I don’t have too much faith that we’re getting someone from the AHL who can play NHL caliber defense, offense or preferably both.

    If we keep losing forwards to injury at some point Chia needs to look outside.

  13. Caramel Obvious says:

    I liked Andrew Miller a lot more when his name was Mark Arcobello and he was good enough to play in the NHL.

  14. spoiler says:

    Yup… Gregor has Hendricks going to the IR too.

    Damn and double damn.

  15. Ribs says:

    Enter The ArcoMiller.

  16. Ducey says:

    spoiler:
    dustrock,

    Don’t think so unless it’s an emergency callup. 30 days or 10 games is the limit for sending back without waivers coming into effect.

    LT’s comments about Waivers are from his post a month ago.

    Miller already clear waivers once. He can be brought up and down for the rest of the season now, right?

  17. Ducey says:

    russ99:
    I wish Miller well, but realistically he’s a stopgap. Other than Leon and Nurse, I don’t have too much faith that we’re getting someone from the AHL who can play NHL caliber defense, offense or preferably both.

    If we keep losing forwards to injury at some point Chia needs to look outside.

    He could sign someone to an AHL PTO or grab someone who is on one elsewhere. What’s GlenX doing these days? I think he is done but maybe he could be better than Sleppy/ Miller.

  18. Lewis Grant says:

    Last year the Hall-Lander-Miller line played very well together.

    You want 3 scoring lines? That leaves Pou-McD-Yak and (after injury return/recall) Drai-RNH-Ebs for the other two.

    Not bad.

  19. RexLibris says:

    For Det/Wsh, Miller is fine.

    But he doesn’t have the board control game that Hendricks does.

    He’s a good fit for those two teams but the Oilers are essentially just throwing guys out there until Eberle gets back.

    Suspect it’ll take three games before he gets his timing back with Hall and Nugent-Hopkins.

    Now, let’s pray that there are no other major injuries to the top six or we’ll really be scrambling.

    By my count, Pakarinen is the sole remaining NHL-calibre forward prospect to call up who doesn’t necessarily need to remain in the AHL for continued development. And yes, that means I want Draisaitl down there a little longer.

  20. Woodguy says:

    From the CBA:

    13.2 The “Playing Season Waiver Period” shall begin on the twelfth (12th) day prior to the
    start of the Regular Season and end on the day following the last day of a Club’s Playing Season.
    Subject to the provisions of this Article, the rights to the services of a Player may be Loaned to a
    club of another league, upon fulfillment of the following conditions, except when elsewhere
    expressly prohibited:

    (a) Regular Waivers were requested and cleared during the Playing Season Waiver
    Period; and

    (b) the Player has not played in ten (10) or more NHL Games cumulative since
    Regular Waivers on him were last cleared, and more than thirty (30) days cumulative on an NHL
    roster have not passed since Regular Waivers on him were last cleared.

  21. Woodguy says:

    Emergency recall, from the CBA:

    (m) Emergency Recall.

    (i) A Player on Loan to a club of any league affiliated with the League may
    be Recalled from such Loan under emergency conditions at any time for
    the duration of the emergency only following which he must be returned
    promptly to the club from which he was Recalled.

    (ii) Emergency conditions shall be established when the playing strength of
    the Loaning Club, by reason of incapacitating injury or illness or by
    League suspension to its Players is reduced below the level of two (2)
    goalkeepers, six (6) defensemen and twelve (12) forwards. Proof of the
    existence of the emergency conditions including the incapacity shall be
    furnished to the Commissioner of the League upon request made by him.

    (iii) For the purpose of establishing the existence of emergency conditions at
    any time, to support the Recall of a Player for participation in any Playoff
    Game, it shall be deemed that the Player(s) on Loan following 3:00 p.m.
    New York time of the fortieth (40th) day immediately preceding the last
    day of the Regular Season are continuing on Loan for the remainder of the
    season notwithstanding that the Loaned club(s) may have been eliminated
    from further play for the season.

  22. Woodguy says:

    This section makes it as clear as mud

    13.5 Waiver Expiration. The rights granted under this Article to Loan a Player(s) who is
    otherwise required to clear Regular Waivers to a minor league club expire for any Player(s) who,
    after clearing Regular Waivers:

    (i) is not Loaned to a minor league club, or is Recalled from a minor league
    club (except on emergency Recall) and remains on an NHL roster for thirty (30) days (cumulative) or plays ten (10) NHL Games (cumulative),

    or

    (ii) is Recalled from a minor league club on emergency Recall and plays in
    ten (10) NHL Games (cumulative) while on emergency Recall. For
    purposes of clarity, games played while on regular Recall shall not count
    towards the ten (10) NHL Games in this subsection (ii).

  23. ruotsalainen says:

    I thought Iiro would’ve been the first call up, but I suspect with him missing a lot of practice and games toward the end of training camp maybe they are allowing him to get up to speed.

    Nonetheless, Miller played extremely well when given his chance last year and he does have some familiarity with Hall—who is not always the easiest player to play with.

    Good for him! I hope he takes his chance and runs with it.

  24. Магия 10 says:

    Woodguy:
    This section makes it as clear as mud

    13.5 Waiver Expiration. The rights granted under this Article to Loan a Player(s) who is
    otherwise required to clear Regular Waivers to a minor league club expire for any Player(s) who,
    after clearing Regular Waivers:

    (i) is not Loaned to a minor league club, or is Recalled from a minor league
    club (except on emergency Recall) and remains on an NHL roster for thirty (30) days (cumulative) or plays ten (10) NHL Games (cumulative),

    or

    (ii) is Recalled from a minor league club on emergency Recall and plays in
    ten (10) NHL Games (cumulative) while on emergency Recall. For
    purposes of clarity, games played while on regular Recall shall not count
    towards the ten (10) NHL Games in this subsection (ii).

    ~ You forget to paste in the exception for 2 way deals~

  25. theres oil in virginia says:

    Woodguy:
    This section makes it as clear as mud

    13.5 Waiver Expiration. The rights granted under this Article to Loan a Player(s) who is
    otherwise required to clear Regular Waivers to a minor league club expire for any Player(s) who,
    after clearing Regular Waivers:

    (i) is not Loaned to a minor league club, or is Recalled from a minor league
    club (except on emergency Recall) and remains on an NHL roster for thirty (30) days (cumulative) or plays ten (10) NHL Games (cumulative),

    or

    (ii) is Recalled from a minor league club on emergency Recall and plays in
    ten (10) NHL Games (cumulative) while on emergency Recall. For
    purposes of clarity, games played while on regular Recall shall not count
    towards the ten (10) NHL Games in this subsection (ii).

    So, there’s a difference between 10 “emergency recall” games and 10 “regular recall” games. Interesting. Thanks for posting these snippets.

  26. AsiaOil says:

    Damn – too bad about Hendricks – was enjoying his checking and how he drove to the net which allowed RNH & Hall to do their thing – no way Miller can accomplish that. Maybe for DET and WASH – but he’s no Eberle – and I’m not convinced Eberle is what that line really needs either.

  27. striatic says:

    AsiaOil:
    Damn – too bad about Hendricks – was enjoying his checking and how he drove to the net which allowed RNH & Hall to do their thing – no way Miller can accomplish that. Maybe for DET and WASH – but he’s no Eberle – and I’m not convinced Eberle is what that line really needs either.

    It is conceivable, perhaps even likely, that Klinkhammer subs in for Hendricks on the 1st line and Miller goes to the 3rd line with Lander.

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