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Andrew Miller, extended a qualifying offer what seems like an eternity ago, has signed a one-year contract as the RFA closing deadline approaches at 5:00 Eastern today.
Used mostly as a versatile right winger, Andrew Miller was an important piece in Todd Nelson’s game plan of suffrage. Miller caught the eye of Craig MacTavish coming out of the collegiate ranks, and seemingly was poised to play a bottom center role with the Oilers “one day.” A wrist injury sidelined him for a spell in Oklahoma City, and while he was out, the team moved forward. The youthfulness caught somewhat of a rhythm down the stretch, and when he was inserted back into the fold his role slightly changed.
Still, he remains a quality, minor league two-way player with speed that the Oklahoma City Barons lacked during the 13-14 season. You will recall that the move to wing was out of sheer necessity with Nelson needing skilled players on the edges of the rink rather than the middle. This paid off as Miller scored 34 points in 52 games. Of those points, eight were goals which has you believe that Miller is a play making helper / space creator rather than a goal-scoring fiend. Which raises the question, shouldn’t he play more minutes at center? Certainly not in the upcoming season where the Barons already own five at that position – Will Acton, Travis Ewanyk, Connor Jones, Jujhar Khaira, and Bogdan Yakimov. That’s a full house.
So we await the contract negotiations (or something) for Curtis Hamilton and Tyler Pitlick, two players extended qualifying offers, but with nary a peep to show for it. Soon, very soon, we will hear news. No doubt.