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2011 Draft Prospect Profile #35: Jonathan Miller

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Position: Center
Age: 18
Date of Birth: March 14, 1993
Place of Birth: East Palestine, OH
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 198
Shoots: Left

Jonathan (JT) Miller is an Ohio native currently playing in the USHL with the US National Team Development Program, and who is heading to the University of North Dakota in the fall. He played on the US gold medal winning U-18 team World Championship team this year in Buffalo, and led the U.S. with 13 points (4G, 9A) and was named one of Team USA's top three players. Central Scouting has him ranked as the 23rd North American skater heading into the draft. Miller has good size, skates well but not excellently, wins battles, plays hard in the dirty areas, and has decent hands. But, the knock on Miller seems to be that he just can't put all of those skills together to dominate. The knock seems to be on his ice vision and overall hockey sense.

2010/2011 Regular Season Stats:

GP G A PTS +/- PIM
48 11 26 37 +4 78

Scouting Report (The Scouting Report):

"The skill set to be reliable 2 way forward has always been there as prior to this year, Miller has been at worst a strong skating centerman who plays hard on both sides of the puck. He always possessed the puck skills necessary to contribute offensively but lacked that consistency leading to questions about his hockey sense. Miller seems to have answered those as the year progressed culminating in an excellent showing at the U18’s. There are some rumblings that the North Dakota recruit will opt for Plymouth in the OHL."

Why he'd be a good fit in Columbus:

Well, I'd say he'd be a good fit as maybe a second round pick at best for the Jackets. He has the size and potential to be a top-6 guy, but there are some red flags: his goal-scoring, his vision, the fact that despite having a lot of desirable tools he just doesn't seem to be an "impact" player. I'd be wary of taking Miller in this draft unless he falls a bit. He'll clearly need some additional seasoning, whether it's in college at North Dakota or in the OHL as has been rumored.

JT Miller Interview:

JT Miller U-18 US Team Highlights vs. Russia: