Grade the draft and the picks
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07-02-2011, 04:25 AM
DROP THE PUCK
Join Date: Dec 2007
First off, people making comments such as "he would be available in the second round" "3rd line tough guy" "was looking for more offense" do not know what they're talking about. And its obviously baseless opinion without having watched Miller play...ever.
Second, Miller has MORE offensive upside then Puempel, Bartschi, McNeill. He has more upside as a hockey player.
Third, Miller played against tougher competition. He has NCAA experience, he has international experience. As a 17-18 year old, Miller and the USNTDP payed against 20-23 year olds playing for D1 NCAA teams. And then the best players in his age bracket at the U-18 WJC.
Four, Miller is a far more complete hockey player then anyone tat was available at #15. He's a legitimate two way hockey player, right now. This isn't a project pick like Puempel would have been. Miller actually knows how to play hockey.
Five, the "tough" element to Miller's game is hard work, crashing the net, fighting for loose pucks, hard forecheck, finishing his checks. This is not Ryan Hollweg brain dead tough guy act. Being a physical player doesn't mean you lack skill.
Miller's assets are his vision, his playmakimg ability, his hands, and his shot.
He's a smart, two way player, that can shut down the opposition's top players while being his team's top offensive player, as well as most physical player.
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