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Miller Backs Out on North Dakota

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ST PAUL, MN - JUNE 24:  15th overall pick Jonathan Miller by the New York Rangers poses for a portrait during day one of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft at Xcel Energy Center on June 24, 2011 in St Paul, Minnesota.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
ST PAUL, MN - JUNE 24: 15th overall pick Jonathan Miller by the New York Rangers poses for a portrait during day one of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft at Xcel Energy Center on June 24, 2011 in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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North Dakota recruit JT Miller will not be playing for North Dakota next season. Instead, he is likely to sign a contract with the New York Rangers and be assigned to the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL, who hold his rights.

Heading into the NHL Draft, Miller was among the least firm in being willing to stick to his college commitment, so this news doesn't come as a huge shock. He was selected 15th overall by the New York Rangers in this year's NHL Draft.

It's a loss for North Dakota, no doubt. But not one they should have much trouble getting over. Miller would have brought a fiery intensity that suits the North Dakota style of play, but he was also a player that managed just 15 goals in 50+ games with the NTDP last season, so it was unlikely he was going to be a huge replacement for some of the offense North Dakota lost after last season.