The Rangers should allow Miller as much time as he needs in the CHL. They put Grachev in the AHL in 09-10 instead sending him back to Brampton. He never recovered. Grachev had 3 goals and 10 points for the Blues AHL team this season. He asked for a trade and change of scenery. Still played most of the season in the AHL. He is not a Hitchcock type of player.
I thought if you're under 20 and don't make the NHL roster out of camp you have to go back to juniors anyway?
edit: From the AHL forum: "There is a private agreement in place between the NHL and the CHL that governs when a player coming from the CHL can play in the AHL. A player from the CHL has to either turn 20 by December 31st of the season (ie a player born in 1987 can start playing in the 2007-08 season, a player born in 1988 can start playing in the 2008-09 season etc.) OR have completed 4 seasons of junior eligibility."
Miller turned 19 a month ago so he wouldn't be eligible for the AHL in 2012-2013
Originally Posted by Henriks Broadway Hat
He was drafted out of the USHL, not the CHL, so he is eligible for the Whale next season.
Yup. It's about where you're drafted from, not where you're playing. Miller COULD play in the AHL if the Rangers want him to, but the Rangers have generally been cautious with bringing players in early. Grachev supposedly forced his way through to the AHL against the team's wishes (if I'm recalling that situation correctly).