Rangers draft J.T. Miller with 15th pick overall (updated)


The Rangers selected 6-1, 190-pound left winger J.T. Miller from the U.S. developmental team with the 15th overall pick in the first round of the draft.

He is going to college next season and probably a long way from the NHL.

Miller scored 11 goals and 26 assists in 48 games for the USA Under-18 team, and added 4-9-13 to lead the team at the World U-18 championships.

Click here for Miller’s bio page on the Rangers’ web site.

Some quotes from Miller moments after being picked, from Blueshirts United.

Here are some remarks from Gordie Clark, from Steve Zipay’s Blue Notes blog:

At 15, Clark, the team’s director of player personnel said, “there was no one (on the board) that had all the qualities that JT had. There could be someone who will score more goals, there could be somebody that’s going to be a faster skater, but if you want to put size with skating with character with grit with work ethic with playmaking ability and scoring ability, no one had all those qualities in their game. He had them all.”

While Miller compares his energetic style to the Pens’ Chris Kunitz, Clark said “he’s like a Dubi (Brandon Dubinsky), Mike Richards. Every shift he expends everything he’s got…He started coming up in a lot of the rankings from April because he was really one of the best players in the tournament in April. …He validated what we had seen all year.”
As for the verbal commitment to North Dakota, Clark said: “I don’t think he’s made a decision yet. That’s something he’s going to have to certainly talk about….We’ll talk about and see what’s going on.”


Here is some Central Scouting info on Miller, and some video.

Here is TSN’s pre-draft scouting report on Miller (and others).

Here is one college hockey blog’s rundown on Miller.

Here is one from the Blue Seat Blog, more recently.

You might like this, too.

Miller is committed to attend North Dakota.

Prior to making the pick the Rangers honored fallen enforcer Derek Boogaard. His brother, Aaron, was brought to the podium to make the selection, and received a loud standing ovation.


The official announcement from the Rangers:

U.S. National Development Team forward chosen 15th overall

New York, June 24, 2011 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has selected forward J.T. Miller with the 15th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Miller, 18, led Team USA in scoring with 13 points in six tournament contests en route to capturing the gold medal at the 2011 IIHF U-18 World Junior Championship in Germany.  He tied for third among all tournament skaters in points, fourth in assists (nine), sixth in goals (four), and seventh with a plus-eight rating.  Miller was selected by tournament coaches as Team USA’s top player during the elite tournament after leading Team USA in points and assists, and finishing second on the team in goals and plus/minus rating.

The East Palestine, Ohio native skated in 48 games with the U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) last season, registering 11 goals and 26 assists for 37 points, along with 80 penalty minutes.  Miller established USHL career-highs in games played, assists, points, and penalty minutes, and ranked third on the team in points, and second in assists and penalty minutes.  He also established career-highs with two shorthanded goals and three game-winning goals, and notched a USA U-18 career best, two power play goals.  His two shorthanded goals tied for the team lead, while his three game-winning goals tied for fourth on the club.

Internationally, Miller registered three goals and eight assists for 11 points in eight contests at the Four Nations Cup in Sundsvall, Sweden and the Five Nations Tournament in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic.  He notched two goals and three assists for five points in four games at the 2010 Four Nations Cup from November 10-14.  In addition, Miller tallied six points (one goal, five assists) in four games at the 2011 Five Nations Tournament from February 7-13.  He led all tournament skaters with five assists, and ranked seventh in scoring with six points.

The 6-1, 200-pounder has appeared in 95 career games over two seasons with the U.S. National Development Team (USHL), registering 26 goals and 42 assists for 68 points, along with 159 penalty minutes.  Miller entered the 2011 NHL Entry Draft as the third-highest ranked U.S.-born skater and 23rd overall among North American skaters in the final Central Scouting Rankings.

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  1. Maybe we should let the kid develop a little bit before we jump all over the pick..

  2. tweet:

    Matt_Beleskey Matt Beleskey
    retweet by TSNBobMcKenzie
    Love the ovation for the scariest man I ever played against “The Boogyman” Derek Boogard!!

  3. poor richard on

    the link says he is a physical player, so that is good. projected maybe 2nd liner in a few years.

  4. Now I wanna watch that movie, Carp.

    The team/organization is turning in Team America. Kinda interesting after the Czech/Jagr/Europansies years.

  5. Mister Delaware on

    “Gordy Clarke looks like the mean neighbor that doesn’t return your ball when it goes over the fence, and on his property.”

    But at the end of the movie, you’d help him out in a time of need (maybe he fell on his property or something) and he’d say “I got something for you” then come out with a huge bucket of all the balls he’d ever confiscated. Everyone would be happy.

  6. JimboWoodside on

    They did mention that Boogy’s brother was drafted by someone in 2004……

  7. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    I though miller was a winger

  8. wow!
    that one link doesn’t make Miller sound all that good.
    3rd line winger
    don’t we have a ton of those?

  9. jpg- this pick is ok i gues. but we needed a center. couldve traded for more picks. i saw his stats, wasnt great

  10. JimboWoodside on

    “interesting that they didn’t interview Miller on the broadcast”

    Yeah – what’s up with that?

  11. Mister Delaware on

    I’d much rather Miller at an entry level contract than Richards at $7MM per season.

  12. NYR_FAN via Android on

    How ridiculous is it that the Flyers have Schenn & Coutourier? Blech…

  13. >>ourpick is comparble to mason raymond! yay!!!!!!

    My reaction exactly!

    Did our pick get interviewed by TSN?

  14. yes, i was surprised that we didn’t pick a center.

    makes me wonder if there will be deals
    in the future for centers

  15. crap
    i would have liked setoguchi

    geez the wild table looks
    excited by the trade

  16. 2 years ago the Rangers took another USNTDP player that was relatively unknown and thats turned out pretty well so far.

  17. thats like the equivalent of the Rangers trading Anisimov, Kreider and a 1st rounder. Pretty sure that would not go well at all…

  18. I’m not going to pretend to know jack-carcillo about Miller, but doesn’t it seem he’s more of the type of players the Rangers already have in numbers?

  19. Headzo Del Headzo on

    Pierre busy shaving his dome instead of interviewing JT (what do these initials stand for Carp?) Miller…

  20. JimboWoodside on

    I agree, Carp – isn’t McNeill a center? He’s *big*, we can see that!

  21. Burns is great skater and great offensively, but weak in his own zone as a dman. runs around too much

  22. Olga Folkyerself on

    As long as Sather doesn’t call Miller a “project”. That’s the kiss of death for his draft picks.

  23. Mister Delaware on

    “I’m not going to pretend to know jack-carcillo about Miller, but doesn’t it seem he’s more of the type of players the Rangers already have in numbers?”

    We like those guys and they contribute so another can’t really hurt. Its not like there was a 1st line guarantee available, right?

  24. I don’t anticipate any Ranger moves. Looks like Brad Richards is coming for entirely too much money.

  25. Who do the Rangers have on the point for the PP for next season? Oh yeah, no one…..

  26. Czechthemout!!! on

    What disgrace this franchise is. In a strong draft year, these fools draft projects like Jessiman,Mcilrath and when you should look to draft a project or a solid center like Mcniel who can develop into a good player, they draft a third line player who has limited offensive upside and is rated 59th or worse by many draft evaluators . They should just trade their first round picks away because they have no clue.

  27. Mister Delaware on

    “mcneil was the pick big center who could be physical and score. rangers blew it”

    Curious, because I know nothing about these guys. McNeill is listed as a 6’1, 204 center. Miller is listed as a 6’1, 198 center (and one spot ahead on the TSN rankings). Is there really a tangible difference there where you can call it the wrong pick or is this simply “I liked A more than B”?

  28. Olga Folkyerself on

    for the masquerade party Pierre put a huge band-aid on his head and went as Dick Hertz.

  29. eric,

    I know it’s your personality, but, let’s see what happens with this kid before we start saying that we blew it.

  30. the Rangers lack offense and Miller is supposed to be goal scorer so we shall see

  31. eric,

    It’s stupid for us to pretend that we know more about these kids than Gordie Clark and the Rangers organization do.

  32. Headzo Del Headzo on

    Czech – Lundquist – 859th round, 10564th or so overall. Nuff said.

  33. Czechthemout!!! on


    How could you say he is a goal scorer when his write ups all say he is a third line winger with limited offensive upside.

  34. Czechthemout!!! on


    Even a blind folded monkey in a cage finds a banana once in a while.

  35. the Sharks gave up way too much. I’ve seen that kid Coyle play, and he is a future topnotch centerman. big mistake giving him up along with a #1 pick and Seto

  36. onecupin72yearsandcounting on

    So the next ranger pick is sometime saturday…somethings wrong in msg land

  37. i just dont like hearing hes 4-5 years away when 3 picks later mcneil could be playing this year or next

  38. Jason Biggs!

    If half of what they’re saying about this kid is true a lot of teams screwed up by passing on him.

  39. J.T. Del Headzo on

    I think JT is gonna work out just fine. He said being drafted by NYR is “breathingtaking.” Just like Dr Ben Pfeffer. Right Carp?

  40. just remember we passed on fowler who is nhl ready and played well for mcilrath. he better pan out. i dont want any more situations like that

  41. Czechthemout!!! on

    During the press conference, Clark will tell us that there were two or three teams that were going to take him if we didn’t crap. Just like with Mcilbust last year. Here is a first round pick that the Canadian hockey program didn’t even invite to the wjc tryout camp. Which means that they don’t even view him as one of the 20 best dmen in Canadian junior hockey .

  42. Olga Folkyerself on

    I remember Don Biggs playing in Binghamton. Good scorer, but thought to be on the small side for NHL.

  43. Mister Delaware on

    Do the Fowler people love Del Zotto? Because the statistical similarities are striking.

  44. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    burke can’t stop smiling!

    we missed on biggs IMHO!

  45. Olga Folkyerself on

    I’m not going to trash a rangers pick the first night out. But I have no such qualms about saying Sather can’t draft worth a carcillo.


  46. J.T. Del Headzo on

    They asked JT for an interview but he slapped Pierre on the head like Benny Hill instead.

  47. Czechthemout!!! on


    Would have been happy with him also. He will be like something between Getzlaf and Lucic something the Rangers clearly have no use for.

  48. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    love all the folks still whining about mcilrath!!

  49. eric

    i loved Burke’s poker face as well.
    he doesn’t need
    no stinkin’ sunglasses and baseball cap
    to say NOTHING with his face!!

  50. No wonder that *J*ihad *T*eimuraz Miller can really throw the puck; he is Palestinian, means born in Palestine.
    Did I mention it’s Palestine, Ohio? Except this, there is nothing much to discuss – I have no reason to think, that I know better draftees and Ranger’s needs then Gordy Clark. We were #15 in line and picked #15 from the list of best. What else do you expect under circumstances, a miracle of picking up the 1st? It’s not a Christmas yet, just a Draft. We will see – it’s always educated gambling with a human factor.

  51. onecupin72yearsandcounting on

    Maybe sather is trying to get dolan to fire him with all these dreadful picks.. so far its not working.

  52. “is a strong bull of a lad who can impact a game in a number of ways. He plays a hard-driving style and can overpower defenders in the corners, winning puck battles and heading straight to net. His playmaking ability is underrated and he unleashes a heavy shot while barreling down the wing.”

    they compare him to Kesler and Drury. let;s hope he is like the former.

  53. Olga Folkyerself on

    I bet if Sather got rid of all his scouts in 2000 when he took over, and every year just picked the highest Central Scouting player left when his pick came up- the Rangers would have been far better off.

    He makes Ranger drafting worse, not better.


  54. J.T. Del Headzo on

    Wow – Rocco’s a real Holy Roller. The Rangers could use his heart and some divine intervention! I wonder if this is keeping some teams from grabbing him..

  55. “Maybe sather is trying to get dolan to fire him with all these dreadful picks.. so far its not working.”

    I dont think Dolan knows he owns a hockey team.

  56. Mister Delaware on

    “I bet if Sather got rid of all his scouts in 2000 when he took over, and every year just picked the highest Central Scouting player left when his pick came up- the Rangers would have been far better off.”

    Seriously. Every time I see Marc Staal on the ice time I think about what Kenndal McArdle could be providing us on offense.

  57. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    the city of minnesota? really?

    i take back what i said about grimaldi, glad we DID NOT pick him!

  58. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    btw, thought landeskog had the most “appealing” female entourage by far!

  59. Olga Folkyerself on

    And every time someone mentions Jessiman, I think how good Parise would have looked in blue.

    Or Seabrook
    or Getzlaf
    Or Perry
    or Richards
    or Kesler

  60. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    Rangers definitely should have traded up to get Larsson (NJ), or Hamilton (Boston). If the new four-divisional format goes into effect in a couple years, as it looks like it will because they’re saying it is an adjustment for the anticipation of two teams folding in the near future, Hamiliton will give the Rangers fits, and Larsson is Larsson, a player who will have a big impact in putting Jersey back on the hockey map. Don’t like the Rangers pick at all – a bottom-feeding, no-impact dud who will not make it. Ugly!

  61. Olga Folkyerself on

    It is pure speculation on my part Delaware, I don’t KNOW off hand who was rated highest when NY was picking.

    But the point is, who was rated highest at the time of the Jessiman pick? That who the Rangers would have gotten. No matter WHO it was it would have been an improvement. And was Staal the highest rated player at the time Rangers picked? If So, they would have got him anyway.

    Tragically, Cherapanov would have been picked by NY anyway.

  62. With Campbell gone(for the most part), I’d say its a safe bet that Sharp isn’t going anywhere

  63. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    yes sir and response sent!!


  64. Olga Folkyerself on

    Please! Send Campbell to FLA! That is one BIG contract to remove from the Hawks Cap.

  65. Mister Delaware on

    Olga, I’m telling you that everything you’ve said is contradictory. You said “just take the highest rated” and I picked off a guy ranked above Staal (a failure on the level of Jessiman). Then you brought up Jessiman himself with 5 examples of better players, but 3 of them were rated below him anyway. You’re harping on all the wrong things.

  66. Pierre just brought up Slava Kozlov. I always liked him as a player (I enjoyed the entire Russian Five), and he owns some pretty respectable Red Wings records: most Stanley Cup overtime goals, most Stanley Cup game-winning goals, and most game-winning goals in a playoff season.

  67. Why would the Hawks trade Campbell after trading Byfuglien last season? And why on earth would Campbell want to go to a team that my be extinct in a year??

  68. Olga Folkyerself on

    Del- do you have a site that lists the draft ratings for each year? Maybe if I had that info I wouldn’t have shot my mouth off so quickly.

  69. dont know much about him but after so many “experts” have been praising the Rangers scouting personnel, how great they have been doing for the team the last few years. I will give him a chance.

    North Dakota is a powerhouse in the WCHA, I will get a chance to see him so that won’t be bad. I am always amused by the people who probably never even laced up a pair of skates, berate these young kids and the Rangers right after the pick. All the experts say its a crapshoot, and we have guys with the proven track records in drafting and evaluating talent but we have these geniuses sitting at their computers lobbing grenades.

    nah its not even that amusing. I just heard all the same junk on the radio here in Colorado.

  70. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    beaulieu was by far the most well spoken player interviewed by a long shot IMHO!

  71. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    did you guys see this tweet from paul bissonette…

    BizNasty2point0 Paul Bissonnette
    by NHL
    #NHL congrats Connor Murphy. Yotes first round pick. Your already under my wing. Fake ID is being made as we speak. #McLovin or #muhammad?

  72. Miami. I was offered a chance for a job there, but said no. If I’m moving for the second time in a year, I’m going back to NY

  73. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    did you like the landeskog entourage or the one with phillips?

  74. Mister Delaware on

    “Wish it were July 1st tomorrow!”

    I think I’d rather July 2nd. July 1st is going to be really rough.

  75. wicky(grating PIBG)© (Non visor wearing male, 26, holder of 5 LLPs!!) on

    wow, you guys are just brutal on the whole richards situation!!

  76. NYR_FAN via Android on

    Im sure TR isn’t happy. I remember him wanting Namesnikov (sp?) and he went to Tampa!

    Not surprised that Campbell got traded…

  77. reginald dunlop on

    uhhhhhhh…….still a huge hole in the middle…….and all these teams clearing cap space……..taking a run at Richards………so if don’t get Richards who is going to center 1st line??? and when all these kids come to fruition, Hank will be about 38?????????

  78. Olga Folkyerself on

    Pretty good draft day for Chicago. Too bad Campbell didn’t waive his NTC last year. They might have been able to keep Buff, Niemi, etc.

    Let’s Go Black Hawks!

    Looking for a Chicago-Boston Final in 2012.

  79. reginald dunlop on

    if florida and phoenix need to reach cap floor…………I know a few empty suit big contracts they could take on………..

  80. great another middle of the pack pick that will have a ceiling of 2nd line player and will fit perfectly with our mid round picks who have the celing to be 2nd line players maybe he’ll struggle to score consistently in the NHL like the 12 forwards we have now that currently struggly to score consistently in the NHL. This should keep up earning 6th and 7th seeds in the conf every year so that we can get beat out in the first round and pick in the middle of the draft for a middle of the pack player with a celing of 2nd line player that will fit with our other mid round picks who have the celing to be 2nd line NHL players and struggle to score consistently in the NHL.

  81. Mister Delaware on

    “I don’t know aboot Dreary, but I’d expect Richards to turn out more like Blowmez.”


  82. We don’t need Richard scoring 30 goals for us… It’d be nice, but if he can score 25+ goals and chip-in 60-70 assists to go with those goals, most of the people will be pretty happy

  83. 29 goals cccp. if he can get 29, im sure one of our crappy draft picks can get 1 and equal 30

  84. leetchhalloffame on

    Miller could turn out to be a decent pick but looks like he’s 4 years away. McNeil would have been helping out at center for the Blueshirts in a year. We lost ground talent-wise to most of the eastern teams today. That’s a fact. FIRE SATHER!

  85. well, whatever miller turns out to be, we got erixon too. so wegot another 1st rounder. not bad and we can always trade. you know sather will trade him if he dnt work out and we’ll ge somethng decent back.

  86. Mister Delaware on

    “We don’t need Richard scoring 30 goals for us… It’d be nice, but if he can score 25+ goals and chip-in 60-70 assists to go with those goals, most of the people will be pretty happy.”

    If I’m paying $7MM+, I want the guy who we know can score, not the guy we know can put up points if playing along side guys who can score. Because lets say Gaborik gets hurt again, who is Richards setting up for those 60-70 assists?

  87. How exactly do any of us know that McNeill (with two L’s) would have been helping us at center next year?

  88. And how exactly do we know that Miller is four years away?


  89. Since he’s going to College, it’s pretty safe to say he’ll stay there for two or three years. So, I’d say he’s three or four years away, easily.

    Rangers fans just don’t have patience. They want the guy that looks NHL ready. We don’t have much room, so I prefer getting a guy who can develop on the side for some time.

    Now, if this were NHL12, I’d have Miller on the team, on the 4th line, but this isn’t a video game :P

  90. people keep forgeting that getting Richards will solve not one but “TREE” problems… play-making center, PPQ and a guy who can win faceoffs. So..7 mill for a 3-in-1 player ain’t that bad.

    as far as who will Richards setting up for 60+ assists? Wolski, Callahan, AA, Dubi, MZA, Stepan…all of these can score and Richards can make them better.

  91. Mister Delaware on

    “Yeah, Richards game isn’t goal scoring. He needs to help Butt-Chin, Dublowsky, etc.”

    Right, probably mostly Gaborik and whoever else gets on the 1st line. Which I think was the idea with Gomez when he signed. So this time we’d have plowed like $14MM into trying to make Gaborik a 50 goal scorer, no? I just don’t see how that’s good usage of cap space.

    (Like you said, on a 3 year deal, I guess its hard to argue. But the odds of that are about the same as you putting the following 8 letters in order: D-U-B-I-N-S-K-Y.)

  92. Olga Folkyerself on

    I would have a lot more patience as a Ranger fan if I saw some semblance of REAL improvement even since the lockout let alone since 1997 when we last looked like a playoff contender.

    I’m tired of waiting to see if Sather, Dolan & Co. ever get us into REAL contention as a Cup Contender. It’s not one thing, it’s not this draft, it’s not last season, it’s same ol’, same ol’ story EVERY year.

    The saviors name changes every year- Gretzky, Fleury, Nedved, Messier part 2, Lindros, Holik,

  93. Olga Folkyerself on


    Jagr, Kovalev part 2, Prucha, Shanahan, Gomez, Drury, Gaborik, Richards, and so on, ad nauseum.

  94. There was only ONE savior since the lockout who actually made a difference… his name is Jaromir Jagr.

    But we got rid of the real deal and went after new saviors like Kotalik, Higgins, Gomez, Drury, Redden…

  95. Scouts call Miller a project say Mcneil has hockey sense and skill that cannot be taught who would you want

  96. You can’t put Jagr in the same category as Kovalek 2, Gomez, Drury, Messier 2, etc.

    Jags was *great* in NY. He had good numbers, and he showed up for the playoffs. Can’t say the same for the rest.

  97. Olga Folkyerself on

    Yes! Jagr was the best hope we had. The closest we could get. Out in the second round.

    But they went out and got Gomez and Drury, neither one which could play with Jagr and then dropped Jagr like a hot rock. And down again we went.

    I’m not saying ALL those players were necessarily bad. Sather &Co. could never put it all together to get the Rangers anywhere in the playoffs.

  98. Olga Folkyerself on

    I have some faith in Clarke, I just don’t want Slatipuss managing the team anymore.

  99. Olga Folkyerself on

    I mentioned Prucha because at the end of his first season, the feeling was that we finally had something. If he can get 30 as a rookie, imagine when he improved…

    But they ruined him and shipped him off to Phoenix. We even coined a word for it.


  100. Olga Folkyerself on

    I guess I better quit for tonight. I’m just bumming myself out. Probably you guys too,

    Nite all.

  101. CCCP,

    I absolutely loved Straka. Wished we would have kept him around as a 4th liner for cheap for as long as possible. What a great, team-committed guy. He won TSN’s Toughest Player of the Year or something like that for blocking Chara’s shot for the second time after the first one broke his hand, and also for blocking three shots on the same PK against the Devils. Loved him. Absolutely loved him.

  102. That was an awesome line. Not only did they produce, they were entertaining as well.

  103. Me too. It would suck so bad, if he re-signs with OMSK.

    And I agree with you, Chris. I was thinking the same. I’d like him to be as talented, but not as annoying.

    That fugger better re-sign, pronto!

  104. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    The Rangers just drafted the next Huge Jessiman. This Miller guy will never get to Broadway. What the puck was the brain trust thinking about which some choice talent still on the board? McNeill was still available. What a GD crime!

  105. I am one of the more cynical NYR fans, and I still do not believe Gordy Clark is ANY kind of super scout. But with that said, no one can say this kid is not gonna be a good pick. I seem to recall a lot of this silly banter when Kreider was picked. It is impossible to determine how an 18 year old kid will develop in 3-4 years. NFL players get drafted when they are 21. OV and Sid? Sure, they are no doubters. But if you look through the history of the draft, EVERY TEAM IN THE NHL has swung and missed with similar ratios.

    And I remember when Jessiman was drafted ESPN showed the highlights of him driving some poor guy right into the third row. The boards were crazy with this monster that would help a whimpy NYR team. That team in 2003 was softer than a roll of toilet paper.

    Point is, this is a complete crapshoot. If Clark/Sather’s theory is to sign Richards, and take a chance on a kid that is gonna grow into a role 3-5 years down the road (perhaps brilliantly predicting the kid’s development 2 years before anyone else a la Krieder), then they did a great job.

    How many people questioned the wisdom of the Montoya pick?

  106. …and another thing:

    While we are bashing the NYR for picking a guy that no one here has any knowledge of (or any knowledge of the guys picked before or after) let’s remember that we got our first rounder two-three weeks ago: Tim Erixon.

    So in my opinion (no more or less educated than anyone else’s), the NYR did pretty damned well in this draft.

    Now let’s move on to July 1 (aka Brad Richard’s Day).

  107. Good morning, boneheads!

    Very well done, cw! Totally agree. Nobody on this blog truly knows whether Milker will turn into a bust or a solid, maybe even star player. Certain things are better left to be handled by professionals. And Gordie has done enough over his career to qualify as one.

  108. NYR_FAN via Android on

    I trust Clark. I don’t have a problem with the pick at all. If this was a top 3 pick, I think we would have have more to talk about. Draft busts aren’t made in a day…

    Let’s focus on the job at hand…signing our RFAs
    and getting B-Money Richard$…

    Ps: pierre mcguire is a doofus..

  109. We took the top performing US-born forward available this year.

    No one knows if any draft pick will ever pan out. The top 4 have the highest likelihood of being good but after that it’s a crapshoot. Even very high picks from teams other than the Rangers can be busts, and frequently are over the years (Patrik Stefan, Rick DiPietro, Alexandre Daigle, Stanislav Chistov, Alexander Svitov, any of the Euro forwards Edmonton has drafted over the years other than Hemsky, Alexandre Volchkov, many of the players Columbus has taken over the years, and so on, I’m probably missing a few names)

  110. I don’t know what all this indignity and mystery over the Miller pick is about. First of all, the Rangers had been rumored to be hot on him ever since May. I remember thinking it was peculiar, since I believe he’s projected to be a wing. Also count me as one who really wanted McNeill. But they didn’t get him. They got a player who they believe will be better, and when you’re drafting at 10 or higher, that’s really who you’ve got to go for. They see Miller, who is described as a hard-nosed banging winger, as fitting in with the motto of the Rangers these days, and I’ve got to agree. If he turns out to be another Dubinsky or Callahan, I think everyone here will be more than thrilled. After all, wasn’t someone just arguing that it would be great to have ‘a team of 18 Callahans?’

    As for him being four years out of the NHL, I would say that’s a very safe assessment. The kid has been playing against the top 16 to 18 year-olds in the world. Now it’s time for him to try his mettle against older players. There’s always a chance he joins North Dakota and blows them out of the water. But chances are pretty good he’ll have a year much like Chris Kreider did with BC: Solid, but in need of further development. I see two years in the NCAA for this kind, two years on the US WJC team and then a half-to-full season in Hartford.

    Again, he’s not a ‘wow’ prospect. And he’s not a high-risk-high-reward player either. He’s a solid all-around pick who will more than likely make the NHL who the Rangers see as having a better upside than a guy like McNeill or the other darling here, Biggs. Frankly, I agree. McNeill might be closer to the NHL, but I don’t think he has the offensive upside of Miller and could very well end up a third or fourth-line grinder. Biggs, well, I never really understood the fascination with him. The name Dane Byers always seems to surface for me when I here about how great of a power forward he is(and the ridiculous Lucic references).

  111. Any tennis aficionados out there? Didn’t David Nalbandian used to wear a ridiculous shirt with holes in the back?

  112. Gift of GAB-orik on

    Gordie Clark got involved in Rangers scouting in 2002.

    Some names to throw in the hat,

    2003- Nigel Dawes
    2003- Obvious bust with Huge Specimen
    2004- Korpikoski, Dubinsky (2nd round), Callahan(4th round and future captain)
    2005- Marc Staal, Mike Sauer
    2006- Anisimov, Sanguinetti (never really had a fair chance)
    2007- Cherapanov, Carl Hagelin (now signed)
    2008- MDZ, Stepan, Grachev
    2009- Kreider, Werek, Borque
    2010- McIlrath (Beuke 2.0?) C. Thomas

    Ok so no Crosby’s or Stamkos’… but he did help bring us a franchise D-man in Staal, The future Captain in Callahan, Dubinsky, Stepan, MDZ, Krieder, Artie

    That’s not a terrible body of work. Are the picks going to 100% work out? No. No team hits it right every time.

    But i’ll give the benefit of the doubt to guys who do this for a living, and looking at Clark’s history… he’s done more good than bad.

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