With the NHL's Holiday Roster Freeze taking effect at midnight Thursday night/Friday morning the Rangers made three player transactions to firm up their roster. 20 year-old forward J.T. Miller was recalled from the Hartford Wolf Pack, while rookie defenseman Dylan McIlrath and veteran forward Arron Asham were assigned to Hartford.
For Miller, who started the season on the Rangers roster and played opening night in Phoenix, this is the third time he is being recalled from the minor leagues this season. The Rangers top pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, Miller has appeared in 17 games with the Blueshirts this season, scoring one goal and adding an assist to go along with eight penalty minutes. He scored his only goal on November 10th against the Florida Panthers at Madison Square Garden.
Miller is being recalled in time to possibly skate against the Islanders on Friday night. It was against the Islanders, in his second NHL game back on February 7th of last season, against whom he scored his first two goals in the NHL.
In eight games with the Wolf Pack this season Miller has scored seven goals and totaled nine points to go along with eight penalty minutes and a plus-five plus/minus rating.
McIlrath appeared in the first two games of his NHL career after being recalled by the Rangers from Hartford last week. He made his NHL debut against the Columbus Blue Jackets last Thursday before skating against the Calgary Flames on Sunday. In that game against the Flames he picked up seven penalty minutes, five on his first NHL fighting major, and earned the team's Broadway Hat. McIlrath was a healthy scratch in Wednesday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
With the Wolf Pack this season McIlrath has racked up a league-high 115 penalty minutes. He also has three goals and four assists.
Asham was pointless in six games with New York this season, and has two assists in 12 games with the Wolf Pack earlier this year. The 15-year NHL veteran started the season with the Rangers befoe being sent to the minors. He was recalled from Hartford ten days ago and appeared in three of the Rangers last four games.
The Rangers host the Islanders Friday night at The Garden, the Minnesota Wild on Sunday, and the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday before having three days off for the NHL Holiday Break.