Rangers sign first-round pick K’Andre Miller

The future looks brighter for the Rangers, even with the coronavirus currently halting this NHL season.

The Rangers signed 2018 first-round selection K’Andre Miller to a three-year entry-level contract on Friday according to the USA Today Network. The Wisconsin Badgers’ star recently completed his sophomore season where he scored seven goals and tallied 11 assists as a top-line defenseman.

Miller was acquired with the 22nd pick when the Rangers moved up in the NHL draft by trading a 26th and 48th pick to the Senators.

Miller’s contract will begin in the 2020-21 season, according to the report. His deal has an average annual value of $1.275 million with a cap hit of $925,000 as long as he’s in the NHL, according to Cap Friendly.

Discussions between the Rangers and Miller’s representation had taken place recent weeks once Wisconsin’s season ended in the Big Ten Tournament — an opening round sweep by Ohio State.

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Miller is a smooth skater with the ability to patrol the blue line as a strong defensive presence. He is still relatively new to the position. The 22-year-old started as a forward in high school.

Miller adjusted quickly to being a defenseman after forgoing signing with the Rangers initially to attend the University of Wisconsin, where he had 17 assists and was twice named the Hockey Commissioners Association Rookie of the Month. Team USA selected Miller to play at the 2019 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.

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