JT Miller: New York Rangers Prospect Makes Team USA Squad

Brandon GudovitzCorrespondent IIAugust 13, 2011

With the 15th overall pick of the 2011 draft, the New York Rangers select J.T. Miller. 

This 6'1'', 200-pounder was surprised that he was selected that early with all of the other available players still on the board—players which analysts believe to have more talent. 

Miller only met with the Rangers organization once, so he didn't expect much to come from it. 

Apparently it only took the one visit for the Rangers to like what they saw and find their man.

The Rangers might have been attracted to Miller's ability to play two-way hockey at such a young age. Miller is projected to be a solid second- or third-liner, but he may be able to crack a top line at the NHL level.

Most analysts believe the Rangers should have drafted a player with higher potential, but Miller is a "character" guy with a work ethic second to none.

Miller appears to fit the Rangers' mold.

Miller is a player that works hard and can score those dirty goals. His style of play is very similar to Ryan Callahan and the Wolfpack line. J.T. Miller might spend sometime developing in the minors, much like the Wolfpack line did, before he gets his shot at the pros.

Christian Thomas, the Rangers' top prospect, has been drawing some attention in Canada's Developmental Camp, and it appears Miller is following in his footsteps, doing the same at USA's camp.

Miller was showing that work ethic to the USA National Team, determined to make Team USA to compete at the 2012 World Junior Championships.

Miller has been immediately impressive to the coaches of Team USA. Scoring goals during scrimmaging at the developmental camp had the coaches turning their heads. His play during the camp ultimately won him a spot to represent his country again, but this time against older more seasoned players.

Miller is inviting the challenge with open arms.

Several Rangers prospect have made their names known for Team USA's World Junior squad that won gold in 2010. Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider and Ryan Bourque were all key components to that championship team that defeated Canada.

The most known of the three would be Stepan, due to his rookie campaign with the Rangers.

Miller could only hope he shares the same fate as Stepan: winning gold and then making a name for himself with the Rangers.