Rangers Rumors: K’Andre Miller could be on his way to Wolf Pack
K’Andre Miller’s season in Wisconsin is over, and his pro career could be just beginning. As soon as the final buzzer sounded on the Badgers this past Saturday the speculation began and the fire was fueled by head coach, Tony Granato.
K’Andre Miller’s sophomore season with the University of Wisconsin ended this past week in the Big Ten Quarterfinals against Ohio State. The Rangers’ first round pick (22nd overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft registered 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in 36 games with the University of Wisconsin in 2019-20. Miller’s seven goals this season are tied for the 11th-most among NCAA defensemen and are also tied for the most by NCAA defensemen who are in their U20 season or younger in 2019-20.Via Michael Rappaport, NYR
Expected to turn pro
Miller is the Rangers second 1st round pick (22 overall) in the 2018 draft. The Rangers strapping young rearguard has tallied more points than any other NCAA defenseman as U20 player or younger since last season. At 20 years of age and two NCAA seasons under his belt he has totaled 40 points in 62 games. While he is still considered very raw, his talent, size and skills are undeniable. That’s why he is expected to turn pro very soon.
“I would guess that both (Miller) and Wyatt are going to have offers there for them,” Granato said. “On (Turcotte) and Cole, I don’t really know. There might be a couple other guys that have opportunities. That’s something that we’ll look into talking about as the week goes along.”Wisconsin State Journal
PTO with the Pack
Larry Brooks reported on this as well late last night. In his latest column he wrote the following:
If the 20-year-old sophomore defenseman, selected 22nd overall in the first round by the Blueshirts in 2018, opts to turn pro sooner rather than later, general manager Jeff Gorton would almost certainly look to get the 6-foot-4 Miller into AHL Hartford on a PTO as opposed to burning the first year of an entry-level deal.NYPOST
His addition should bolster a Wolf Pack lineup that is skidding as hard as the Rangers have been of late. The expectation is that the offer for a PTO should come this week.
Note: Some stats provided by NYR PR Dept.