Before the Rangers embarked on a five-game road trip last Wednesday, coach Alain Vigneault said that 20-year-old forward J.T. Miller would be playing again in the "near future."
To be fair, Vigneault didn't specify where that would be.
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Scratched for the past four games, Miller was sent back to the team's minor-league affiliate in Hartford, the Rangers announced via press release Tuesday afternoon. Nope, not even an unsightly goose-egg (or "no-hitter" as Vigneault would say) could free up a spot in the team's lineup.
So a Rangers organization weighing what to do with the talented-yet-inconsistent prospect decided to send him to the AHL for more seasoning. Granted, that move seems to have yielded the desired effect with youngster Chris Kreider, who struggled to start the season but has vastly improved since his minor-league stint.
Miller, a former first-round pick (15th overall, 2011), has four goals in three games for the Wolf Pack this year. Up with the big club he has received limited ice time (an average of 11:07 per game) while playing primarily on the fourth line.
The Rangers play next on Wednesday in Florida before ending their trip with a holiday matinee against the Bruins in Boston on Friday.