With just five New York Ranger prospects in action, the focus was in Columbus Ohio where 2018 first-round pick K’Andre Miller and his Wisconsin Badgers were facing elimination from the Big Ten conference playoffs. Taking on 11th-ranked Ohio State, the Badgers were hoping to force a third game on Sunday with a game two win.
After losing 9-1 in game one of the series, the odds appeared against the Badgers. Wisconsin made game two a much more competitive game but in the end, they lost 2-1 in the first overtime and were swept in the series 2-0.
Miller was scoreless and wasn’t even credited with a shot in what I believe was the last game as a Wisconsin Badger. While others will disagree with me on this, I just did not see Miller move forward as a player.
Yes, there was some improvement on his defensive side but his main value is always going to be for his offensive skills and that did not show growth. On that part, I blame the Wisconsin coaching staff as Miller wasn’t used to his fullest potential.
Miller belonged on the point running the offense when on the power-play not standing in the crease using his body as a forward. It also has a ton to do with which coach is better equipped to turn Miller into the player the Rangers need.
In that case, I believe that Kris Knoblauch is way better equipped to develop K’Andre Miller into the player he should become. Don’t believe me? Then go look at Knoblauch’s resume of players who he coached in the juniors.
From Connor McDavid to Alex DeBrincat to Adam Pelech to Andre Burakovsky and more, Knoblauch is the guy I trust with Miller’s development. And a lot of this decision has to do with whether or not one believes that Wisconsin’s program is ready to be a winner.
Sorry Badger fans but 14-20-2 say this program has a lot of work to do and it makes zero sense for K’Ander Miller to stay. Anyone who knows me knows that I normally never say that a kid should leave school early.
Miller is a different story as he was close to being ready after last year but his overall progress was retarded this season. Pack his bags and send him to the Wolfpack so he can get a jumpstart on his future NHL career.
Tyler Nanne and his Minnesota Golden Gophers forced a game three against Notre Dame after defeating the Fighting Irish 2-1 in game two to tie the series at 1-1. Nanne was scoreless on three shots with a +1 and blocked three shots.
The next loss for the Gophers will mean the end of Nanne’s college career so hopefully, Nanne and the Gophers will keep going with a win. If you have Fox Sports 2 (or the Fox Sports app) then you can watch this game starting at 7 PM EST/4 PM PST.
Riley Hughes and his Northeastern Huskies needed a win in the “Dog Bowl” against the Boston University Terriers to guarantee that they would make the Hockey East playoffs. They got that win 2-1 and will enter the Hockey East playoffs as the seventh seed.
Hughes started the game as the third-line right-wing but as the game went on saw less and less action as Northeastern shortened their bench in the third period. Hughes didn’t record any stats but his freshman season did not end on Saturday.
Hunter Skinner was scoreless on one shot and a +1 as his London Knights defeated the Owen Sound Attack 3-1. The win was the Knights’ sixth straight as they lead the OHL’s Western Conference by five points with seven games left in the regular season.
The Knights lead the OHL’s Midwest Division by seven points also with seven games left to play.
Matthew Robertson set up his Edmonton Oil Kings only goal of the game just 40 seconds into the contest but that was the only offense the Oil Kings had. They were beaten 4-1 by the Medicine Hat Tigers and missed out on a chance to clinch both the WHL’s Western Conference championship and the Central Division title as well.
For Robertson who already leads the Ranger prospects, his assist improved his prospect leading totals to 13-34-47. The Oil Kings who have just four regular-season games left lead the Tigers by 11 points.
The Oil Kings need just two more points and they will own home-ice advantage for all of the WHL’s Eastern Conference playoffs.
Check us out on Sunday as we will find out if Tyler Nanne’s college career is over and just the second matchup of the season between Nico Gross’s Oshawa Generals and Hunter Skinner’s London Knights. We will also know all of next week’s college playoff matchups.