Andrew Miller, the bastion of goodness for the Oklahoma City Barons at times, was recalled by the Edmonton Oilers after a downright sluggish performance against the Milwaukee Admirals. 56 points in 53 minor league games for Miller is quite the achievement for a guy that graduated from Yale in 2013, and has played just a scratch over 100 pro games. Nonetheless, he’s been good, and Oilers GM Craigh MacTavish has always been fond of this kid.
Last night, wearing an Oilers uniform, he had a couple of good chances, and the team seemingly dominated the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third period (until they didn’t). Despite a shootout loss, Andrew Miller was able to play 10:05, take four shots, and not look entirely awful.
Charged hard to the net and took a Lander pass which he directed through Curtis McElhinney but just wide of the net; he bumped the goalie in the process… wired a hard shot from a ways out… put another shot on net from some distance out… finished a hit and won a one-on-one battle in the corner but then turned the puck over on a pass… lost a one-on-one battle for the puck moments before the Jacket’s 3-3 goal… four shots in 10 minutes is a pretty respectable start to an NHL career.
Indeed that is a pretty decent debut.
Andrew Miller will be missed down the stretch for the Barons. Brad Winchester and Akim Aliu, recent acquisitions by the Barons, are both sidelined with injuries (the former yet to play). And news that Jujhar Khaira has an elbow problem that will keep him out the reminder of the season doesn’t help matters much. Miller was an important part of the consistency on offense that the Barons had, and now that seems to be crumbling before our eyes.
Nonetheless, congrats to Andrew!