Open main menu

Jonathan Tanner "J. T." Miller (born March 14, 1993) is an American professional ice hockey left winger for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL).[1] He was selected by the New York Rangers in the first-round, 15th overall, at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. A versatile player, Miller can play as a center or winger.

J. T. Miller
JT Miller 2018-05-21.jpg
Miller with the Lightning in 2018
Born (1993-03-14) March 14, 1993 (age 26)
East Palestine, Ohio, U.S.
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Tampa Bay Lightning
New York Rangers
NHL Draft 15th overall, 2011
New York Rangers
Playing career 2012–present

Contents

Early lifeEdit

Miller grew up in a residential area in East Palestine, Ohio, blocks away from the East Palestine City School District campus, attending through grades kindergarten through 10th.[2] He began playing ice hockey at a young age and also participated in other organized athletics, including baseball and football. Miller played for several ice hockey teams from the age of five through 12 before ending up with the Pittsburgh Hornets from age 12 to age 16, as at the time his family was living in the Pittsburgh suburb of Coraopolis.[3] Miller played in the 2006 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with the Pittsburgh Hornets minor ice hockey team.[4] In 2009, Miller moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to participate in USA Hockey's two-year National Team Development Program (U.S. NTDP).

Playing careerEdit

AmateurEdit

Miller began 2009–10 with the U.S. NTDP of the United States Hockey League (USHL).[5] After two seasons playing in the program, he was selected in the first round, 15th overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers.[6]

For the 2011–12 season, Miller transitioned to major junior ice hockey, joining the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Towards latter stages of the season, he then joined the Connecticut Whale, the Rangers' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, for their run in the 2012 Calder Cup playoffs. He registered one assist in eight playoff games, and after Connecticut was eliminated, Miller was added to the Rangers' Stanley Cup playoff roster.[7]

ProfessionalEdit

Miller joined the Rangers organization for the 2012–13 season. After beginning the season with the Connecticut Whale of the AHL, Miller was recalled by the Rangers on February 5.[8] On February 7, he recorded his first two career NHL goals, against Evgeni Nabokov of the New York Islanders in a 4–1 win.[9][10] After the Whale season concluded, Miller was added to the Rangers' 2013 playoff roster, but did not play in a game.[11]

 
Miller as a Ranger in October 2014

Miller wore #47 during the 2012–13 season, but switched to #10 for the 2013–14 season. Miller split time between the Rangers and the Hartford Wolf Pack during the season, but did not play with the Rangers during their run to the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals.

Miller finally secured a full-time roster spot with the Rangers during the 2014–15 season, scoring 10 goals and 13 assists in 58 games. Miller agreed to a one-year contract extension on July 15.[12]

Miller had a breakout season in 2015–16, scoring 22 goals and 21 assists, at times finding himself on the Rangers top line with Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello. After the season, Miller signed a two-year, $5.5 million contract extension.[13]

Miller set even higher marks during the 2016–17 season. Despite finishing with the same goal total of 22, he put up 34 assists for a career-high 56 points.

During the 2018 NHL Winter Classic, Miller scored the overtime-winning goal in a 3–2 win over the Buffalo Sabres at Citi Field in Queens, New York.[14] On February 26, 2018, Miller was traded (along with Ryan McDonagh) to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Libor Hájek, Brett Howden, Vladislav Namestnikov, a first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft and a conditional second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.[15]

On March 13, 2018, Miller scored his first career NHL hat-trick, against the Ottawa Senators in a 7–4 loss.[16] On June 26, 2018, he signed a new five-year contract with the Lightning.[17]

International playEdit

 
Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing   United States
World Junior Championships
  2013 Ufa
IIHF World U18 Championship
  2011 Germany
World U-17 Hockey Challenge
  2010 Ontario

Miller represented the United States junior team at the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, where he played in six games, scoring two goals and two assists.[18][19]

Miller was also selected to represent the United States at the 2013 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, where he led the team with seven assists and tied for the team lead with nine points, winning a gold medal in the process.[20]

Miller represented Team North America, a team consisting of players age 23 and under, in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, but only appeared in one game.[21]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 U.S. NTDP USHL 29 5 7 12 32
2010–11 U.S. NTDP USHL 21 3 12 15 48
2011–12 Plymouth Whalers OHL 61 25 37 62 61 13 2 8 10 18
2011–12 Connecticut Whale AHL 8 0 1 1 2
2012–13 Connecticut Whale AHL 42 8 15 23 29
2012–13 New York Rangers NHL 26 2 2 4 8
2013–14 New York Rangers NHL 30 3 3 6 18 4 0 2 2 2
2013–14 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 41 15 28 43 47
2014–15 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 18 6 9 15 12
2014–15 New York Rangers NHL 58 10 13 23 23 19 1 7 8 2
2015–16 New York Rangers NHL 82 22 21 43 46 5 0 3 3 4
2016–17 New York Rangers NHL 82 22 34 56 21 12 0 3 3 21
2017–18 New York Rangers NHL 63 13 27 40 28
2017–18 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 19 10 8 18 12 17 2 6 8 15
2018–19 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 75 13 34 47 30 4 0 2 2 0
NHL totals 435 95 142 237 186 58 3 23 26 44

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2010 United States U-17   6 5 4 9 28
2011 United States U18   6 4 9 13 6
2012 United States WJC 7th 6 2 2 4 0
2013 United States WJC   7 2 7 9 2
2016 Team North America WCH 5th 1 0 0 0 0
Junior totals 25 13 22 35 36
Senior totals 1 0 0 0 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Leonard, Pat (November 29, 2014). "Rangers recall J.T. Miller to replace grieving Chris Kreider in Saturday's lineup vs. Flyers following death of Kreider's grandfather". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on December 5, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2014.
  2. ^ "Miller joins Lightning's quest". The Morning Journal. February 27, 2018. Retrieved March 14, 2018. The 24-year-old Miller attended East Palestine schools through his sophomore year
  3. ^ NHL Draft: Coraopolis's Miller ranks high among power forwards - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  4. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  5. ^ "Two Team USA Forwards Commit to North Dakota". USHL. October 27, 2010. Retrieved June 24, 2011.
  6. ^ "First-rounder Miller agrees to terms". New York Rangers. July 28, 2011. Retrieved January 5, 2012.
  7. ^ Gourlie, M. (May 15, 2012). "McIlrath added to Rangers playoff roster". Moose Jaw Times-Herald. Retrieved May 16, 2012.
  8. ^ "Rangers recall Miller, Mashinter". American Hockey League. February 5, 2013. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
  9. ^ "J.T. Miller first NHL goal against Islanders". SBNation. February 7, 2013. Retrieved February 7, 2013.
  10. ^ https://www.hockey-reference.com/boxscores/201302070NYR.html
  11. ^ "Rangers call up 10 players from Whale". New York Rangers. April 28, 2013. Retrieved April 29, 2013.
  12. ^ Peters, Chris (July 15, 2015). "Rangers re-sign RFAs J.T. Miller, Jesper Fast to short-term deals". cbssports.com. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  13. ^ "Rangers, Miller agree to contract extension". National Hockey League. June 24, 2016. Retrieved June 24, 2016.
  14. ^ "Special goal for J.T. Miller in big win for Rangers at Winter Classic". National Hockey League. January 18, 2018. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  15. ^ "Lightning acquire D Ryan McDonagh, F J.T. Miller from New York Rangers". NHL.com. February 26, 2018. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  16. ^ "Hoffman scores twice, Senators win to stop Lightning run". sportsnet.ca. March 13, 2018. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  17. ^ "Lightning re-sign forward J.T. Miller to five-year contract". NHL.com. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  18. ^ "Miller makes U.S. World Junior team". New York Rangers. December 22, 2011. Retrieved January 5, 2012.
  19. ^ "Player Statistics by Team - USA" (PDF). IIHF. Retrieved January 5, 2012.
  20. ^ "Player Statistics by Team: USA" (PDF). IIHF. Retrieved January 7, 2013.
  21. ^ "J.T. Miller". ice.wch2016.com. Retrieved March 14, 2018.

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Dylan McIlrath
New York Rangers first round draft pick
2011
Succeeded by
Brady Skjei