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Miele looks for his shot in a game last year in Phoenix
Andy Miele is the prototypical case of a guy who gets overlooked because of his physical size. The 5'9", 180 lbs. center has been told his whole life that he is too small to play with the big boys. He continues to prove his doubters wrong.
Miele is supremely gifted with an extremely high skill level as an offensive player. His passing is elite level, but it's his ability to surprise goaltenders by making the unpredictable play that allows him to flourish as a playmaker. He has excellent vision and a quick, accurate wrist shot.
In 2010-11, Miele attended the University of Miami-Ohio, where he would go on to be named the Hobey Baker Award winner, college hockey's equivalent to the Heisman Trophy. His senior season was stellar. He scored 24 goals to go along with 47 assists for 71 points in only 39 games for the Redhawks.
He was signed as a free agent by the Coyotes and spent last season with Portland of the AHL. In Portland, Miele scored 16 goals and collected 38 assists for 54 points in 69 games. In a brief seven-game stint with the Coyotes last year, Miele got a taste of what the NHL was all about and will look to make the squad out of camp this preseason.
Don't be surprised if you see Miele up permanently with the Coyotes this season once the lockout ends.