K’Andre Miller has played a role beyond his years in the NHL since his first season with the Rangers in 2020-21.
It’s easy to forget that the 22-year-old defense is in his third season in the league. For a player of Miller’s age and experience, averaging about 20 minutes a game over his two seasons in a top-four spot isn’t exactly the norm. But that’s all Miller knows.
Conversations surrounding the Rangers’ youth this season are largely rooted in the need for certain players to improve and step into bigger roles.But the 6 foot 4 inch 217 pounder potential continuing his upward trajectory Only rangers can benefit.
Miller told the Post on Friday about the confidence he’s gained from the Rangers’ run to the Eastern Conference Finals, averaging nearly 25 minutes per game. “Every forward, every top line [Jacob Trouba] And I paired up and played against each other. We had some good success with them, but overall it was a fun experience.
Miller, who Great progress on both sides of the pack Last season I returned to Minnesota and trained in the offseason. After being off the ice for about two weeks, Miller worked out with former rangers and Minnesota natives Ryan Lindgren and Brady Skjay. Miller focused on conditioning this summer and gained five pounds, he said.
Despite being happy with how he played into the playoffs at the end of last season, Miller described the 2021-22 season as “up and down.” He said he focused on using more of his big stride to his advantage during the offseason. It’s evident when he danced around Mackenzie Wieger at the 11th highlight reel goal. 8 — Part of what makes the mirror such a unique offensive power.
But much of Miller’s breakthrough last season was attributed to a much slower game than his rookie season.
“That was probably the biggest thing about the first and second years, it was the speed of the game,” he said. There are a lot of players, so I just compare myself to them and put myself in that position and try to do what I got there.”
As a result, Miller was also more comfortable jumping up on offensive plays.His hope, he said, is to do it further by harnessing his aggressive instincts. Trusted as a Top 4 DefenseNow Miller can continue working on closing out his game on the attacking side, which has already seen some promising flushes.
Miller’s three-year entry-level deal is set to expire at the end of this season, which could put the cap-bound Rangers in a tough spot if he has a big breakout year. . Even a repeat of last season would give Miller a lot of power.
“He’s a bigger, stronger kid,” Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant said. [Alexis Lafreniere], [Filip Chytil] They are young players. They played very well last year and let’s move on to the next step. They are good, young hockey players. What do you call the next step? Star? Super star? I do not know.
“However [Miller’s] I got a chance to become a hockey player. I think you saw it last year.