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.
— Bakersfield Condors (@Condors) October 19, 2015
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.