It’s always fun to see a minor league player make his NHL debut and that
may happen tomorrow night in Edmonton. Andrew Miller is a college free
agent signing by the organization and recent games have suggested he’s
turned a corner. Miller’s age (26 ) and recent performance (10-10-20 in
his last 16 AHL games) combined with his contract status (RFA) mean this
is a good time to have a quick look-see at the player. I wrote about
the idea of recall on the weekend (here).
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) March 17, 2015
ANDREW MILLER’S RESUME
- Ivy League Player of Year and first-team All-ECAC in his final season, 2012-13
Four MVP in 2013 with 2 goals and 2 assists…Scored the overtime
winner in the 2013 Frozen Four semifinal against UMass Lowell
as Yale’s captain in 2012-13 as the Bulldogs’ captured their first NCAA
hockey championship at the Frozen Four in Pittsburgh
was brought into the organization mere hours after Craig MacTavish took
over as GM. I think it’s probably accurate to suggest the college
free-agent acquisitions below belong to Tambellini—save Miller—who would
have been scouted heavily by MacT during his season of casting about
for players (much as Bob Green does today for the organization)
- March 8, 2011: Oilers sign Taylor Fedun from Princeton.
- March 19, 2011: Oilers sign Tanner House from Maine.
- March 31, 2011: Oilers sign Hunter Tremblay from University of New Brunswick.
- April 1, 2011: Oilers sign Marc Arcobello from Oklahoma City (AHL) via Stockton (ECHL) via Yale.
- July 1, 2012: Oilers sign Justin Schultz from Wisconsin.
- April 15, 2013: Oilers replace Steve Tambellini with Craig MacTavish in the GM position.
- April 17, 2013: Oilers sign Andrew Miller from Yale.
the time of his signing (or thereabouts) Oilers fans felt some sense of
deja vu over Miller: His scouting report was very similar to Mark
Arcobello, a promising center originally signed to an AHL-only deal
(similar to the one Josh Winquist is on now).
Corey Pronman: The
24 year old center is a classic small, skilled college player. Miller
displays above-average qualities in terms of his speed, puck skills and
overall offensive instincts. In his Senior season especially he showed
the ability to consistently create scoring chances and keep the play
flowing in the right direction.
Miller received a $70,000 AHL salary and a $92,500 signing bonus and of course he was
re-signed last offseason ($90,000 AHL and $675,000 NHL salary).
Neal Livingston on Andrew Miller playing in the AHL (after 2013-14):
Used mostly as a versatile right winger, Andrew Miller was an important
piece in Todd Nelson’s game plan of suffrage. Miller caught the eye of
Craig MacTavish coming out of the collegiate ranks, and seemingly was
poised to play a bottom center role with the Oilers “one day.” A wrist
injury sidelined him for a spell in Oklahoma City, and while he was out,
the team moved forward. The youthfulness caught somewhat of a rhythm
down the stretch, and when he was inserted back into the fold his role
slightly changed. Source
Is it Miller time? We wait.
(Photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved).