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01-28-2013, 03:55 PM
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Considering the Rangers were trying to sign Arnott, I would doubt they believe Miller is that close to NHL ready. Same with the deals for Mashinter and Ferriero.
He needs some time in the AHL. Normally he would be playing his second season in the OHL right now.
Miller was a consensus 1st round pick. Ferriero was a 7th round pick and Mashinter undrafted. Obviously draft position doesn't always mean everything but it gives a good indication of what NHL scouts see in potential.
I've never really seen Ferriero play before he came here, but looking at his stats and judging from his one game, he could be a useful player. Ideally he's a 4th liner that can move up a line or two if needed. Mashinter has great size but doubt he makes an impact in the NHL. I think Arnott was to be brought in specifically for the PP and for offensive zone faceoffs. Having Arnott take a regular shift at even strength would have been more of a liability at this point of his career.
You are correct though that Miller needs more time in the AHL. If he follows the recent NYR developmental curve, we can hope he finishes out this year in the AHL strong and be around a PPG player next season in the AHL unless he makes the team out of camp. I know it's early to call him up this season but I'm just anxious to see some fresh blood due to the lack of talent/depth in our bottom 6. Dubinsky made the team after one year in Hartford where he put up .5 ppg.
I see Miller as a sure-fire NHL 3rd liner due to his physicality with 2nd line upside if his offensive game can develop. Basically Dubi reincarnated.
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