NY Rangers defenseman K’Andre Miller takes on ‘killer mindset’

Optimizing Upside and Skills of New York Rangers Defenseman K’Andre Miller

When it comes to discussing upside in sports, particularly in the case of K’Andre Miller of the New York Rangers, there is much speculation among fans. Yet, Miller prefers to avoid this debate and focus on the present moment.

During the Rangers’ training camp last month, Miller stated, “I try to stay in the moment as much as I can and focus on the right now. When you can try to stay in the present and stay within your lane – your vision – I think that’s always good.”

Currently, Miller, at 23 years old, is in a favorable position in his career. He has secured a prominent place in the Rangers’ lineup and recently signed a new two-year contract worth an average annual value of $3.872 million. He is entering his prime and enjoying the benefits of his hard work over the past few years.

Miller’s positive attitude and demeanor have also made a lasting impression on his teammates, with Ryan Lindgren praising his character and skills. Lindgren stated, “The guy can do it all.”

Miller’s presence in the locker room is marked by playfulness and a wide smile, but also by his confidence, evident in his sharp game-day suits. He carries himself with the belief that he belongs, and his teammates appreciate his ability to save the day with his reach and agility on the ice.

While Miller acknowledges that he still makes mistakes, he no longer uses his youth as an excuse. Last season, he ranked second on the team in goals against while at five-on-five, which he acknowledges as an area for improvement.

Miller’s determination to improve is evident in his mindset, as he stated, “With age comes experience, so I’m just trying to use that to my advantage now.” His new head coach, Peter Laviolette, appears to share this belief, as he plans to increase Miller’s responsibilities on the power play.

Laviolette said, “Based on his skills and his ability, that natural progression of his game is going to include some power-play time… He has the ability to create, to move, to see things and generate.”

With Laviolette’s system emphasizing an aggressive approach from defensemen, Miller’s skill set fits perfectly. Positioned near center ice, Miller has opportunities to press forward, utilize his speed, and create quick-strike scoring chances.

As Miller continues to adapt and master the new system, many believe that his potential is limitless. However, Miller remains focused on the present and refuses to put a cap on his development.

Miller remarked, “I think I’m still going up… There are a lot of new things going on right now, so I’m just trying to get familiar with systems and people and all those little things. I’m just showing up every day with that attitude and having a killer mindset – being dialed in at the rink and coming prepared.”

Overall, K’Andre Miller’s future looks bright as he continues to optimize his skills and mindset with the New York Rangers.

Vincent Z. Mercogliano is the New York Rangers beat reporter for the USA TODAY Network. Read more of his work at lohud.com/sports/rangers/ and follow him on Twitter @vzmercogliano.

This article originally appeared on Rockland/Westchester Journal News: NY Rangers defenseman K’Andre Miller takes on ‘killer mindset’


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