It is always dangerous to make a judgement based on first impressions. Andrew Miller looked slow and undersized during his first exposure to the Oilers fanbase last fall, and frankly didn’t post much offense early in Oklahoma territory. However, as the year rolled along arrows began to land in a good direction, and now we have a prospect of interest to follow.
ANDREW MILLER 13-14 REVIEW
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ODDS AND SODS
- 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.
- $90,000 AHL and $675,000 NHL salary under his new contract signed recently.
- Miller on playing in the AHL: “I’m a smaller guy, so I’ve got to avoid the bigger guys. But (speed) gives me a jump on the defense where other people might be a little slower to make a turn and get there. I try to take advantage of my speed and use it. So far I’m still learning how to use it in the best way, but hopefully I’ll be able to harness it and become a good player using my speed.” Source
- Neal Livingston on Andrew Miller playing in the AHL: Used mostly as a versatile right winger, Andrew Miller was an important piece in Todd Nelson’s game plan of suffrage. Miller caught the eye of Craig MacTavish coming out of the collegiate ranks, and seemingly was poised to play a bottom center role with the Oilers “one day.” A wrist injury sidelined him for a spell in Oklahoma City, and while he was out, the team moved forward. The youthfulness caught somewhat of a rhythm down the stretch, and when he was inserted back into the fold his role slightly changed. Source
RECENT COLLEGE SIGNINGS
- March 8, 2011: Oilers sign Taylor Fedun from Princeton. (4 NHL games).
- March 19, 2011: Oilers sign Tanner House from Maine.
- March 31, 2011: Oilers sign Hunter Tremblay from University of New Brunswick.
- April 4, 2011: Oilers sign Mark Arcobello from Stockton (via Yale). (42 NHL games).
- July 1, 2012: Oilers sign Justin Schultz from Wisconsin. (122 NHL games)
- April 17, 2013: Oilers sign Andrew Miller from Yale.
- April 1, 2014: Oilers sign Jordan Oesterle from Western Michigan.
- What role will he play? Two-way role, I believe. Oilers have Matt Ford, Steve Pinnizzotto, new Finn Pakarinen and maybe Pitlick at the position. Miller should get his share of PP time, but one suspects he’ll play the role Livingston mentions above.
- Will he play center? Possibly, Oilers are very young at the position. Signing Jason Williams recently really helps, but if Jujhar Khaira or Bogdan Yakimov struggle there, Miller may move in to support Williams, Acton and Ewanyk.
- Is he too old to have an NHL career? He’ll be 26 in the fall, but that doesn’t mean Miller can’t have a career. Last year’s 52 games were the first pro games of his hockey career.
- What year was he draft eligible? 2008 and 2009, I believe. He played for the Chicago Steel (USHL) both seasons, so in that way is somewhat similar to recent draft selection Tyler Vesel.
- Did he play with Troy Hesketh? No. Miller left after the 2000-09 season, Hesketh arrived 2010 fall.
- How can he get to the NHL? Good two-way play, more offense.
- What’s the best thing he has going for him? The current GM signed him. It’s a big damn deal.
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