Meh. I wasn’t really thrilled that the Rangers even made their pick. I still think they are going to need 1 more impact forward beyond Brad Richards to turn this team to legitimate Stanley Cup Contenders, and this draft pick was a great chip to use. Now it’s been used, and unless one of the teams we could hypothetically deal with are interested in JT Miller, we’ve just made it harder to make a deal.
On Miller…He’s a Ranger type player. Big, strong, plays with heart, never gives up, plays in all situations. He’s a perfect fit for this club. But, we have players like him. We don’t need the next Ryan Callahan, we already have him! We need the next Rick Nash…or…you know….Rick Nash himself, for example. What we don’t need is another redundant part. But that’s just what we got.
I’ve got nothing against this kid, I think he’s a solid pick for where we were picking. I think he’s a sure fire bet to make the NHL in some capacity. I just don’t think drafting him, or anyone, was what is best for this organization going forward. I think this team needs to start winning. They need to start developing a culture of players used to going deep into the playoffs, and until a significant amount of upper end talent is infused into this roster, I just don’t see it happening.