The Boston Bruins have recalled defenseman Colin Miller from their AHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins.
The 23-year-old rookie acquired in the Milan Lucic trade with the Los Angeles Kings this past offseason has played 39 games with the NHL club so far this season. Miller has netted three goals and 12 assists in that timeframe, with a plus-2 plus-minus rating. He’s also put up 32 penalty minutes, 43 hits, and 34 blocked shots.
Miller was drafted in the 5th round of the 2012 NHL Entry draft by the Kings, coming out of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL. With his juniors team, Miller put up 105 points in 174 games, showing that he had plenty of offensive upside, something both the Kings and Bruins like in a defender.
He spent two years with the Manchester Monarchs, the then-affiliate of Los Angeles, putting up 69 points in 135 games, a 0.51 points per game pace, and was part of their Calder Cup winning squad in 2015.
His career in Providence has been far shorter and slightly more productive, as he has four goals and eight assists (12 points) in 19 games, a 0.63 points per game pace. However, he does have 16 penalty minutes in the AHL as well, meaning he’s taking a penalty almost every other game.
Lack of discipline could prove to be a problem for Miller in the NHL, as the Boston Bruins sit mid-pack in penalty kill percentage, at 81.7. Still, there’s a lot to like about Miller’s game, especially at a time when the Bruins could use an offensive boost to get them back into playoff position.