It wasn't too long ago that J.T. Miller was deep in the doghouse.
“He just hasn’t earned the right to be at this level on a regular basis,” Alain Vigneault told Larry Brooks of the New York Post in early April. “He needs to show more commitment on the ice and off. Until he does that, he hasn’t earned the right.
“J.T. has to figure it out and hopefully he will,” Vigneault continued. “When he does, we’re going to have a good player. If he doesn’t, he will be a good minor league player.”
It looks like he may be out of the doghouse now. Inserted in Game 5 for Dan Carcillo, Miller played an effective 10 minutes in his playoff debut, registering one assist, a shot on goal and finished plus-two.
Miller displayed good chemistry with Brad Richards and Carl Hagelin and played a north-south game that is so effective in the postseason.
He didn't make any of the defensive mistakes that he usually does and did not look out of place.
With Chris Kreider still injured, the Rangers need speed. That's what Miller brings. As long as he remains defensively responsible, Miller could be an inspired addition by Vigneault.