After being a healthy scratch in the last four straight games, J.T. Miller was assigned to the Hartford Wolf Pack by the Rangers Tuesday morning. It is the second assignment to the minor leagues for the 20 year-old Miller this season after making the NHL club out of training camp.
Miller has appeared in 15 games with the Rangers this season, scoring one goal and adding one assist while totaling eight penalty minutes and a minus-4 plus/minus rating. The Rangers first round pick in the 2011 draft scored his lone goal on November 10th, opening the scoring in the Blueshirts 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers at Madison Square Garden.
In three games with the Wolf Pack earlier in the season Miller scored four goals. He had played for the Rangers on opening night in Phoenix before being sent to Hartford when Ryan Callahan was activated off Injured Reserve prior to the second game of the season. Miller was then recalled by the Blueshirts in mid-October following Rick Nash's injury. When Nash returned from his head injury on November 19th Miller was removed from the lineup; and with Taylor Pyatt close to a return from his own concussion, the Rangers opted to send Miller to Hartford to receive more playing time.
Last year, Miller's first as a pro, he appeared in 26 games with the Rangers and netted a pair of goals and totaled four points, while also appearing in 42 games in the minor leagues, finishing with eight goals and 23 points. Miller also played in the 2013 AHL All-star Game.