JT Miller’s Hartford Express, NYR Transactions

JT Miller hops on the Hartford Express, again (CT Transit)

JT Miller hops on the Hartford Express, again (CT Transit)

It’s been a busy week or so for the NYR, here is a quick list of moves they made while we all focused on the Big Club. 

April 2, 2014 Assigned F J.T. Miller to Hartford (AHL).
March 31, 2014 Agreed to terms with F Chris McCarthy.
March 26, 2014 Recalled F J.T. Miller from Hartford (AHL).
March 18, 2014 Reassigned F Josh Nicholls from Hartford (AHL) to Greenville (ECHL).
March 18, 2014 Agreed to terms with D Ryan Graves.
March 6, 2014 Reassigned Fs Michael St. Croix and Andrew Yogan from Hartford (AHL) to Greenville (ECHL).

Forward, JT Miller – AKA: “The Highwayman”

“I was a highwayman. Along the coach roads I did ride” are the immortal lyrics to Johnny Cash’s hit song HIGHWAYMAN. This season alone, JT Miller has been sent up and down an incredible 6 times! And you all know there is at least one more trip coming!

The bottom line with Miller’s Hartford Express is simple. Alain Vigneault does not trust the young man in a big spot, yet. The Rangers are also forecasting him as a top-six forward. If Sather wants to see Miller stick next season, he will need to force AV’s hand by not resigning players like Pouliot and/or Carcillo.

Forward, Chris McCarthy

Another spare part and depth for the organization. Here is the NYR press release:

McCarthy, 22, registered 18 goals and 24 assists for 42 points, along with 12 penalty minutes and a plus-16 rating in 38 games with the University of Vermont Catamounts of the Hockey East Association (HEA) this season. He established collegiate career-highs in games played, goals, assists, points, and plus/minus rating. McCarthy led the Catamounts in assists, points, and shorthanded goals (two), and ranked second on the team in goals and plus/minus rating. He tied for 25th in the nation in points, and ranked seventh in the conference in points, tied for ninth in goals, and eighth in assists. The Collegeville, Pennsylvania native posted 12 multi-point performances, including a career-high, four assists on February 21 at Merrimack. He also registered a season-high, seven-game point streak from January 25 at Boston University to February 22 at Merrimack, tallying 14 points (five goals, nine assists) over the span.

The 6-1, 205-pounder has skated in 150 career NCAA contests over five seasons with Vermont, registering 46 goals and 68 assists for 114 points, along with 69 penalty minutes. Last season, he led the team in goals (13), assists (18), and points (31) while skating in 36 contests. Prior to joining Vermont, McCarthy skated in 59 games in the U.S. Development Program (USDP) during the 2008-09 season, registering 11 goals and 19 assists for 30 points, along with 48 penalty minutes and a plus-two rating.

Defenseman, Ryan Graves

First off, he isn’t related to Adam Graves, so everyone stop asking. Here is the release from the NYR:

Graves, 18, has registered five goals and 17 assists for 22 points, along with 68 penalty minutes and a plus-20 rating in 65 games with the Charlottetown Islanders and Val-d’Or Foreurs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) this season. He has established career-highs in goals, assists, and points, while his plus-20 rating is currently a career-high. In 26 games since joining the Foreurs, Graves has posted a plus-22 rating. He ranks sixth on Val-d’Or in plus/minus rating, and ranks fourth among Foreurs defensemen in goals, assists, and points. Graves began the season with Charlottetown, where he registered 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in 39 games prior to his trade to Val-d’Or. He tallied six points (one goal, five assists) in a six-game span with the Islanders from December 7 to December 20, including a career-high, four-game point streak (one goal, three assists).

The 6-4, 225-pounder has skated in 195 career QMJHL contests over three seasons with Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, and Val-d’Or, registering 10 goals and 37 assists for 47 points, along with 192 penalty minutes and a plus-four rating. Graves began his QMJHL career with P.E.I. in 2011-12, recording two goals and seven assists for nine points, along with 34 penalty minutes as a rookie that season. Prior to the season, he was selected by P.E.I. in the first round, ninth overall, of the 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft.

The Yarmouth, Nova Scotia native was originally selected by the Rangers in the fourth round, 110th overall, in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

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