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Meet Colin Miller, our sixth-best under-25 player or prospect

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  • Position: D
  • Height: 6'0"
  • Weight: 181 lbs
  • League last year: AHL
  • Age this year: 23
  • Acquired: 2015 trade, for 2015 and 2016 2nd round picks

Colin Miller came back in the Milan Lucic salary dump during armageddon draft weekend. For Milan Lucic, the Bruins got the 13th overall pick and Martin Jones, who was in turn traded for the Sean Kuraly and a 2016 first rounder. Altogether, that's a pretty good package, of which Colin Miller appears to be the crown jewel. He was a standout AHL defenseman last year, only outscored by Chris Wideman among AHL defensemen. That's pretty promising, all things considered. He unfortunatel has not played in the NHL yet, so we don't know how he'll do there.

For me, he's a prime candidate for earning his way onto the NHL roster this year. The Bruins' defense is currently, according to the roster posted on the team website:

  • Zdeno Chara
  • Matt Irwin
  • Torey Krug
  • Adam McQuaid
  • Kevan Miller
  • Dennis Seidenberg
  • Zach Trotman
  • There are at least one or two guys who I would happily drive to the airport in favor of taking a chance on a fast kid with a wicked shot. How wicked? Here's Colin Miller setting a new record for the hardest shot at the AHL All-Star skills competition last season. How fast? He also won fastest skater last year:

    Box Score:

    Season League GP G A PTS +/- PIM PPG SHG Pt/G SOG SH%
    2013-14 AHL 65 5 12 17 5 35 1 0 0.26 98 5.1%
    2014-15 AHL 70 19 33 52 11 82 10 0 0.74 186 10.2%
    Total AHL 135 24 45 69 16 117 11 0 0.51 284 8.5%
    Playoffs
    2014 AHL 3 0 0 0 -2 6 0 0 0.00 3 0.0%
    2015 AHL 19 2 8 10 12 12 1 0 0.53 52 3.8%
    Total AHL 22 2 8 10 10 18 1 0 0.45 55 3.6%

    Social Media Minute:

    They say that defense wins championships. Well, Colin Miller certainly did:

    The list, as voted by you, so far:

    1. David Pastrnak (63%)
    2. Torey Krug (47%)
    3. Ryan Spooner (60%)
    4. Zach Trotman (40%)
    5. Brett Connolly (46%)
    6. Colin Miller (21%)

    So now, who's our sixth-best under-25 player or prospect?