4/26/19 | The Rangers produced a video on Miller’s season and featured Miller and his coaches at Wisconsin.
Oscieki said of Miller:
- “here is a kid that is unbelievably talented, you can see the talent level but his growth is right in front of him and who knows how high it can go.” (NYR)
- “you can’t teach the size, can’t teach the reach, his athleticism is incredible.” (NYR)
Granato said of Miller:
- “he’s kind of a franchise player, game changer with elite talent and skill level that could have an immediate impact on our program, he was the guy we identified to be that guy.” (NYR)
- “Could I see him running a PP in NY in a few years? Yes. Could I see him potentially being on an All-Star team some year? Yes. Could I see him representing the US on an Olympic team? Yes. That would be a great player.” (NYR)
4/25/19 | At The Athletic, Rick Carpiniello profiled Rangers first round pick K’Andre Miller and noted that Miller is planning to return for his sophomore season at Wisconsin.
Miller told Carpiniello that he feels returning to Wisconsin “would probably be the best decision for me.” (The Athletic)
At Wisconsin Miller works with Badgers associate coach Mark Osiecki and Wisconsin head coach Tony Granato called Osiecki “the best one-on-one teacher” for getting defensemen ready for the NHL. (The Athletic)
Miller said that he and Osiecki spend a lot of time together watching video and discussing how he can improve. (The Athletic)
Osiecki said that parts of Miller’s game and makeup remind him of former Wisconsin defenseman Ryan McDonagh and Granato thinks that Miller could be one of the captains for Team USA at the World Juniors. (The Athletic)
Granato believes that Miller could be a first-pair defenseman and likened him in some ways to both Jay Bouwmeester and Rob Blake. (The Athletic)
For more on Miller’s season and scouting reports, click HERE.
In looking back at the 2018 NHL Draft, ESPN’s Chris Peters had Miller going 19th instead of 22nd and noted that the Badgers were a different team this season when he was on the ice.
Peters adds, “his game continues to mature, and he is getting a lot better in the offensive facets. The sky is the limit for him.”
The Hockey News Future Watch issue recently ranked Miller 62nd in their list.
Adam Rotter: Miller is in a similar spot to the one Chris Kreider was in in the year or so after he was drafted. Unbelievable physical skills, size, speed and seemingly unlimited potential. Kreider has certainly turned into a top-six forward for the Rangers and realized a lot but not all of the potential he had. Miller, because of his raw ability, can draw comparisons to Brent Burns, Erik Karlsson, Seth Jones, Victor Hedman, Alex Pietrangelo or any of the top defensemen in the league. Will he actually get there and become a cornerstone player like those others? We have no idea. He’s got an absurd amount of skill but also needs time to develop and why staying for another season at Wisconsin, maybe even two, makes sense. Even if he stays all four years at Wisconsin there is not going to be an issue of Miller opting to test free agency, he will be a Ranger, it’s just a matter of when. He should have a big role on Team USA at the World Juniors and if he stays healthy could challenge for the Hobey Baker next season. He’s a big part of what the Rangers are trying to build, they just need to be patient and let him develop into being the best player he can be.