by Patrick Hoffman on 07/28/11 at 12:57 PM ET
From Jesse Spector at the New York Daily News:
The Rangers continued what has been a busy week of signings by agreeing to terms with 2011 first-round pick J.T. Miller on an entry-level contract.
The 18-year-old Miller decided to get a fast start on his way toward the NHL rather than play collegiately at the University of North Dakota. Although he is eligible to play in the AHL, because he was drafted out of the USHL, Miller most likely will spend this season with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League. By playing in juniors, his contract would slide back, per the terms of the collective bargaining agreement.
Miller had four goals and nine assists to lead Team USA in points as the Americans won the gold medal at the 2011 IIHF U-18 world championships in Germany. The forward from East Palestine, Ohio, was named the top player on the U.S. team by tournament coaches.
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