So far the preseason for the Boston Bruins defensive unit hasn’t gone to plan. Dennis Seidenberg is out for the next 8 weeks with a back injury. Zdeno Chara is day-to-day with an upper body injury. And those two scenarios have opened the door for some young players to grab a spot with the big club. Colin Miller in particular is making the strongest case.
Most people considered Colin Miller to be the “throw in” piece of the Milan Lucic trade to Los Angeles but he was actually much more. He was a 52 point in 70 games AHL All-Star defenseman last season. All-Star weekend he won the AHL’s hardest shot AND fastest skater competition. His Manchester Monarch team also won the Calder Cup Championship as well. He’s established himself as a young player ready to break out and the Bruins were fortunate enough to get him from Los Angeles prior to their Slava Voynov situation coming to a close.
So far this preseason Miller has stood out on the blue line. His skating is extremely impressive and he’s consistently getting shots through from the point. And of course most of them are absolute bombs. Being a right shot has given him a better chance as well since Dougie Hamilton and Johnny Boychuk both took theirs elsewhere. The real question mark that all young defenseman have to answer is can they play well in their own end? So far so good for Miller. We’ve even seen some nice hitting from the young prospect. He’s not setting the world on fire by any means but despite having a ways to go like most do, he certainly has done really well.
At this point I don’t see Miller losing out on a opening night roster spot. He’s just looked better than the other young options and he’s taking advantage of his opportunity. His offensive prowess is an asset that is helping him separate from the pack. And right now with the injuries the Bruins are dealing with this early in the season they need some one to step in and take on more of the workload. Colin Miller is making a strong case he should be that guy.