Ryan Miller

Posted: April 19, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Buffalo Sabres
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The Good:  Ryan Miller has tremendous quickness and agility.  He anticipates superbly and is aggressive in his approach against shooters; he’s at his best when his positioning doesn’t fail him. Tall and lanky, Miller possesses the ability to dominate and play a vast majority of his team’s games. The Sabres top goalie since the lockout, Miller is expected to play around 60-70 games a year, and wins a big portion of them. Miller is one of the elite goalies in the league, a big reason why he won the 2009-2010 Vezina trophy as the leagues top goaltender. Miller was already a fairly steady goalie last season with 34 wins in 66 games (he was also 6th overall in shots faced with 1,964). But take away the concussion issues that plagued him at the end of last season, then add in the healthy competition from Jhonas Enroth and you have one of the nicest situations for an elite NHL goalie heading into the season. Miller is good for 40 wins a year. 

The Bad: At 6’2, 175 pounds, Miller lacks bulk, which makes him more vulnerable when forwards crach his crease area (which has happened many times this year).  He will at times stay in his net too deeply and over-commit when moving laterally across the crease. He is known to have concussion issues.

Awards and achievements

College

  • CCHA First All-Star Team (2001, 2002)
  • NCAA West First All-American Team (2001, 2002)
  • CCHA Player of the Year (2001, 2002)
  • Hobey Baker Memorial Award (Top U.S. Collegiate Player) (2001)
  • C-Bone Classic Champion (2001)
  • CCHA Second All-Star Team (2000)

AHL

NHL

International

Career statistics

Regular season

Season Team League GP W L T/OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1999–00 Michigan State University CCHA 25 16 5 3 1525 39 8 1.54 0.932
2000–01 Michigan State University CCHA 40 31 5 4 2448 54 10 1.33 0.950
2001–02 Michigan State University CCHA 40 26 9 5 2412 71 8 1.77 0.936
2002–03 Rochester Americans AHL 47 23 18 5 2815 10 2 2.34 0.920
2002–03 Buffalo Sabres NHL 15 6 8 1 912 40 1 2.63 0.902
2003–04 Buffalo Sabres NHL 3 0 3 0 177 15 0 5.08 0.795
2003–04 Rochester Americans AHL 60 27 25 7 3579 132 5 2.21 0.925
2004–05 Rochester Americans AHL 63 41 17 4 370 153 8 2.45 0.922
2005–06 Buffalo Sabres NHL 48 30 14 3 2862 124 1 2.60 0.914
2005–06 Rochester Americans AHL 2 1 1 0 120 5 0 2.50 0.889
2006–07 Buffalo Sabres NHL 63 40 16 6 3692 168 2 2.73 0.911
2007–08 Buffalo Sabres NHL 76 36 27 10 4474 197 3 2.64 0.906
2008–09 Buffalo Sabres NHL 59 34 18 6 3443 145 5 2.53 0.918
2009–10 Buffalo Sabres NHL 69 41 18 8 4047 150 5 2.22 0.929
2010–11 Buffalo Sabres NHL 66 34 22 8 3829 165 5 2.59 0.916
2011–12 Buffalo Sabres NHL 61 31 21 7 3536 150 6 2.54 0.916
NHL totals 460 252 147 48 26975 1154 28 2.57 0.915

Playoffs

Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV %
2002–03 Rochester Americans AHL 3 1 2 190 13 0 4.11 .856
2003–04 Rochester Americans AHL 14 7 7 857 26 2 1.82 .934
2004–05 Rochester Americans AHL 9 5 4 547 24 0 2.63 .909
2005–06 Buffalo Sabres NHL 18 11 7 1123 48 1 2.56 .908
2006–07 Buffalo Sabres NHL 16 9 7 1029 38 0 2.22 .922
2009–10 Buffalo Sabres NHL 6 2 4 384 15 0 2.34 .926
2010–11 Buffalo Sabres NHL 7 3 4 410 20 2 2.93 .917
NHL totals 47 25 22 2946 121 3 2.46 .917

International

Year Team Event GP W L T/OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2006 USA Oly 0
2010 USA Oly 6 5 0 1 355 8 1 1.35 .946
Olympic totals 6 5 0 1 355 8 1 1.35 .946

Drafted: 138th overall, 1999

Buffalo Sabres


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