Maine Hockey Journal

It’s Miller Time in Portland

I’m sure Miller is not happy, but it was expected that he’d be back in Portland sooner rather than later. Miller named player of the week in the AHL prior to being summoned to Anaheim because George Parros was placed on IR with a deep knee bruise.

Ducks Press Release:

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has reassigned left wing Drew Miller to the Portland Pirates, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Miller, 23 (2/17/84), scored 2-3=5 points with six PIM in 26 games with the Ducks this season. Miller, who registered his first career NHL goal on Oct. 17 vs. Nashville, appeared in one game in his most recent stint with Anaheim, going scoreless on Jan. 15 vs. Dallas.

Selected in the sixth round (186th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Miller has scored 5-5=10 points with a +4 rating and two penalty minutes (PIM) in seven games with the Pirates this season. He was named the Rbk/AHL Player of the Week for Jan. 7-13 after recording 5-3=8 points with a +4 rating in four games. Miller collected his first career hat trick on Jan. 9 at Bridgeport to spark a four-game point streak that helped Portland to a 4-0-0-0 record prior to his Jan. 14th recall to Anaheim.

Miller made his professional hockey debut in 2006-07 with Portland, finishing tied for first on the Pirates in rookie scoring and tied for third in overall scoring (16-20=36). He played in three games for Anaheim during the 2007 playoffs, including Games One and Two of the Stanley Cup Final vs. Ottawa.

The 6-2, 176-pound winger played at Michigan State for three seasons (2003-06), where he served as captain of the Spartans in 2005-06 and led the club in scoring with 18-25=43 points in 44 games. Miller was named Michigan State’s Most Valuable Player and was honored as the Central Collegiate Hockey Association’s Best Defensive Forward in 2006.

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