Ramblings: Miller Extension Announced, Players You Might Draft If You Autopick (Sept 3)

Ian Gooding

2022-09-03

The Vancouver Canucks have decided not to trade J.T. Miller after all, instead signing him to a seven-year extension worth $8 million per season. Cap leaguers should consider the new contract a very reasonable cap hit, even if it is a significant raise over his current $5.25 million cap hit.

Miller finished this past season with a career-high 32 goals and 99 points (1.24 PTS/GP), which was 31 points clear of the next-highest-scoring Canuck. Although trading him for future assets might have been the better long-term play, Miller is arguably the most valuable Canuck at the moment and a necessary part of any plan they have to contend now.

Over his three seasons in Vancouver, Miller has more points than any other Canuck, and it's not even that close. If the top of the tweet is cut off for you, Miller leads the group with 202 GP – 74 G – 143 A – 217 PTS.

Now that we know that Miller is staying in Van City, we can more easily project his point total. For the first time in his career, Miller took 200 shots in 2021-22. In addition, take away the shortened 2020-21 season and he has reached at least 100 hits over his past six seasons. Pushing for 100 points again might be a reach, but at minimum we should expect at least a point per game plus the previously-mentioned peripherals. He's a top-20 option in the Roto Rankings, and Vancouver has proven to be the right environment for him to continue to create those type of numbers.  

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