J.T. Miller
J.T. Miller
25-Year-Old CenterC
Tampa Bay Lightning
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Miller's production took a jump following his deadline trade to Tampa last February. He rode shotgun with none other than Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos, and rang up 10 goals and 18 points in 19 games. Clearly, the Bolts system fit Miller like a glove. A breakout season is in order -- think 30 goals and 70 points if he plays with the big dogs. Get on board now. The Lightning inked him to a five-year, $26.25 million extension over the summer, so he'll be given a long leash. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $26.25 million contract with the Lightning in June of 2018.
Three goals in last four games
CTampa Bay Lightning
February 28, 2019
Miller notched a power-play goal Wednesday in a 4-3 overtime win over the Rangers.
Miller has been delivering some fantasy goodness of late. He has three goals and an assist in his last four games, and he's adding grit with 12 PIM in the last three. Miller is a streaky fantasy play and he's on one right now. Use that to your advantage.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Stretches of increased responsibility led to a 13-point improvement for Miller last season, as he set a new career best with 56 points despite failing to see increases in goals (steady at 22) or shots (down ever so slightly to 132 from 135) while playing all 82 games for the second straight campaign. At 24, he still has room to grow, especially if he can command increased power-play duties now that former No. 1 center Derek Stepan has been dispatched to Arizona in an offseason trade. Miller has already established a reputation for timely goals, as a full quarter of his tallies from the past two seasons (11 of 44) have been of the game-winning variety, and he netted three shorthanded markers last year despite only seeing a modest 1:15 of ice time per game in those situations. Whether he plays center or wing or both, Miller is guaranteed to see plenty of opportunities in the Rangers’ top-six mix this season, which should provide value to his fantasy owners in just about any format. he'll also be playing for his next contract, adding extra motivation.
For parts of last season – especially while Rick Nash was on IR – Miller was the Rangers’ best player, but he flagged down the stretch and was largely invisible during the team’s first-round playoff loss to the Penguins. That said, he still improved dramatically on his 2014-15 campaign, setting new personal marks with 22 goals, 21 assists and a plus-10 rating, and there’s reason to believe Miller’s development will continue in his age-23 campaign. The No. 15 overall pick in 2011 operated at nearly a point-per-game pace over his last 59 AHL contests, and he clearly has the size, the skill and the intangibles to develop into an above-average NHL player. Miller will, however, have competition for a top-six role, as the Rangers are deep at all the forward positions; that uncertainty is the biggest limitation on his fantasy value as the season approaches.
He may not be the flashiest player out there, but Miller's lunch-pail mentality has endeared him to the Rangers and landed him in a top-six role during last year's playoff run. However, despite a strong track record of scoring in the minors, the 2011 first-round pick may not be ready to stick on the top two lines this year, considering the Rangers' depth. He'll need to find a way to replicate his minor-leauge scoring, as he picked up 21 goals and 58 points in 58 games for AHL Hartford over the last two seasons, but has only 29 points in 88 NHL games during the same span. He's on a two-way contract this year, so Miller's going to have to earn his place in the Rangers' somewhat crowded forward ranks.
If any Rangers forward could fill the void left by summer departures Brad Richards and Benoit Pouliot, it’s the team’s first-round pick from 2011. Ever since Miller’s two-goal performance in his second NHL game two seasons ago, the hype machine for the 21-year-old has been on overdrive. Since that time, Miller has traveled a familiar path back and forth between New York and AHL Hartford. Although Miller has managed just three goals in 58 NHL games since the aforementioned two-goal debut, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound forward has showed great maturation over time, responding to criticism from head coach Alain Vigneault by logging 43 points in 41 games with Harford last season. The window for dynasty owners has well passed, but annual re-drafters in deep formats should consider Miller as a possible late-round sleeper choice.
After crashing the scene with a two-goal effort in just his second NHL game against the rival Islanders, Miller spent most of the season battling a nagging wrist injury. Once he was healthy enough to get back in the Rangers' lineup, Miller was held quiet, totaling just two goals and two assists in 26 games last season. Nonetheless, it's noteworthy the 20-year-old Miller managed eight goals, 15 assists and 29 penalty minutes in 42 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack last season. His willingness to get involved in scrappy play leaves a good taste within the organizational brass, so the question begs, can new head coach Alain Vigneault's style of play make him not only the wild card in a core of Rangers' forwards who didn't hit their offensive upside, but possibly a sleeper in waiting at an FA pool near you? We think so -- and so should fantasy owners in most formats.
The 19-year-old winger spent most of last season with the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL before a brief stint with the AHL's Connecticut Whale; he definitely possesses offensive upside. In the OHL, Miller posted 62 points in 61 games before being added to the Rangers' playoff roster. While he'll likely spend most of the season in the AHL, Miller's worth a look if he opens the year with the Blueshirts. Remember his name in keeper leagues.
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Game hints of upswing
CTampa Bay Lightning
February 22, 2019
Miller has two goals and four assists in his last eight games.
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Tosses checks in win
CTampa Bay Lightning
February 12, 2019
Miller delivered an assist and four hits in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Flames.
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Two helpers in win
CTampa Bay Lightning
February 10, 2019
Miller tallied two assists in a 5-2 win over the Panthers on Sunday.
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Scores eighth goal
CTampa Bay Lightning
January 31, 2019
Miller scored an even-strength goal on two shots in Wednesday's loss to Pittsburgh.
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Will return Saturday
CTampa Bay Lightning
Upper Body
January 12, 2019
Miller (upper body) will rejoin the lineup Saturday against the Sabres, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
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