Geek of the Week: The Emergence of Colin Miller

Scott Maran


Colin Miller finished just behind Oliver Ekman-Larsson in points in 2017-18

The Vegas Golden Knights’ season has by all accounts completely defied expectations. Entering the league as the first expansion team in years, most predicted a very dreary first season, most likely culminating in a last-place finish and very high draft pick. However, the Knights have clinched a playoff spot and have a very good chance at winning the Stanley Cup. While there are plenty of players whose breakout seasons have contributed to the Knights success, Colin Miller’s tremendous year has significantly helped the Knights and the lucky poolies who selected him.

Drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL Draft, Miller was one of the Kings’ top defensive prospects at the time. Averaging a point per game in his final year in the OHL and finishing with 52 points in 70 games for the Manchester Monarchs in 2015, Miller had plenty of offensive potential. However, there was a logjam of defenseman on the Kings. So Miller had a hard time cracking the lineup, ultimately being shipped to the Boston Bruins in a package to land Milan Lucic.

With the Bruins, Miller found more consistent NHL time (actually getting the chance to play in some NHL games) and flashed his potential with 16 points in 42 games in his rookie season. However, after following that year up with only 13 points in 61 games, the Bruins left him exposed in the expansion draft. Miller was then one of many defensemen claimed by the Golden Knights.

Now at the end of the NHL regular season, Colin Miller has established himself as one of the Knights’ best defenseman, having the best season of his career and providing plenty of fantasy value in the process. According to our Fantasy Hockey Geek tool, Miller’s actually been the 46th most valuable skater in fantasy hockey.



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