Was Kevan Miller The Right Choice?

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PHOTO CREDITS: (latimes.com)

As the NHL prepares to welcome a new team to the league, some changes to the existing teams come along. Yesterday morning, all 30 teams released their protected lists heading into the Expansion Draft. The following are the protected players of the Boston Bruins as well as the players left unprotected.

Protected:

David Backes (F)
Patrice Bergeron (F)
David Krejci (F)
Brad Marchand (F)
Riley Nash (F)
David Pastrnak (F)
Ryan Spooner (F)
Zdeno Chara (D)
Torey Krug (D)
Kevan Miller (D)
Tuukka Rask (G)

Unprotected: 

Matt Beleskey (F)
Brian Ferlin (F)
Jimmy Hayes (F)
Alex Khokhlachev (F)
Dominic Moore (F)
Tyler Randell (F)
Zac Rinaldo (F)
Tim Schaller (F)
Drew Stafford (F)
Linus Arnesson (D)
Chris Casto (D)
Tommy Cross (D)
Alex Grant (D)
John-Michael Liles (D)
Adam McQuaid (D)
Colin Miller (D)
Joe Morrow (D)
Anton Khudobin (G)
Malcolm Subban (G)

Prior to the release of the draft, Bruins fans were mainly discussing about the decision of the two Millers, Colin and Kevan. Many people were also wondering about the fate of players like Adam McQuaid and Drew Stafford. However, it was almost certain that the protected players other then the Millers were expected.

Before I go into the statistics of the two players, I will talk about my opinion solely on play styles.

We have many offensive defense men on the roster already. Such as Torey Krug, Charlie McAvoy, and many others in the system. Colin Miller was another offensive-type defender, even though he didn’t play that offensive.

Kevan Miller on the other hand adds in toughness and grit that the Bruins have sort of lost over the years. Although he won’t rack up the points like other players on the team, he will indeed intimidate the opposing team enough to possibly gain an edge. K. Miller has also shown in the past that he can handle the puck, such as this example below.

My choice would be to protect Kevan Miller. It would be against the old Big Bad Bruins to possibly lose both of your tough defenders, (McQuaid & K. Miller). Colin was on a cheaper contract for less years. However, Kevan is five years older then Colin, meaning a larger contract is deserved more in a way.

Going into the statistics of this past season, they look virtually identical. Colin had 6-7-13 totals in 61 games while Kevan had 3-10-13 totals in 58 games played. Colin did get an assist in one of the four games during the postseason, while Kevan played all six games and didn’t accumulate a single point.

Kevan Miller was fourth on the team in total hits with 121 on the year. All of the other three players played at least 16 more games throughout the season then Kevan did. On the topic of that, Kevan is third on the team when it comes to hits per game, averaging 2.09 hits per game this season.

One downfall to keeping Kevan Miller is the risk of injuries. Miller missed a big portion of the season with a hand injury that required surgery. Kevan also missed a few games due to a concussion and a couple more with the flu. Injuries can seriously hurt the team, especially if it comes at important times during the year.

Even with the list being released, it doesn’t mean that Colin Miller or even Adam McQuaid will be chosen by Vegas in the coming days. It is very possible that they look to pick up trade deadline acquisition, Drew Stafford, who can serve as a reliable third line player that may add some additional scoring.

Nonetheless, a new team should be an exciting time for all fans of the sport, especially in the city of Las Vegas. Whether or not your favorite player gets picked up, the Bruins still have the core in tact and we can look forward to the 2017-18 regular season.

 

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