More details on top draft choice J.T. Miller

The Rangers selected forward J.T. Miller with the 15th pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft tonight. Here’s some highlights from the press release the Rangers sent out about their newest player.

Miller, an 18-year-old forward who played with the U.S. National Development Team, led Team USA in scoring with 13 points and helped the team win the gold medal at the 2011 IIH U-18 World Junior Championship. Tournament coaches selected him as Team USA’s top player as he led the squad in points and assists and was second in goals.

Last season, Miller played 48 games with the U.S. National Under-18 Team and scored 11 goals and added 26 assists. The East Palestine, Ohio native set career-highs in games played, points, assists and penalty minutes, as well as short-handed goals and game-winning goals.

Miller has played in 95 games for the U.S. National Development Team, scoring 26 goals and 42 assists spanning his two seasons. He was the third-highest rated United States skaters and the No. 23 North American skater, according to the final Central Scouting Rankings.

The 6-1, 200-pound forward is committed to play for North Dakota next season.