As training camp started, New York Rangers’ head coach Alain Vigneault surprised fans by announcing that J.T. Miller was being moved back to center after having a career-best 56 points playing on Kevin Hayes’ wing last year. But now, thanks to the pre-season performance of a couple teenagers, Vigneault has chosen to put Miller back on the wing.
“With J.T. we wanted to give him a little bit more experience by starting him [at center],” Vigneault said after Monday’s overtime win against Philadelphia. “But right now in my mind, with the performance of a few of our guys down the middle, J.T.’s going to start on the wing.”
While Vigneault didn’t explicitly say who he was talking about, we can make a fair assumption that he’s referring to first-round rookies Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil. He’s consistently praised them and, after the Flyers game, also noted that “Chytil and Andersson definitely caught my attention with their skill set, their skating ability, their hockey smarts.”