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Player Review: Ryan Miller
By Richard Gonzalez
Miller played in 20 games (17 in which he started) this season and had a record of eight wins, seven losses, and two overtime losses. Miller had a 2.76 goals against average and a .912 save percentage. He also had one shutout, which came on Feb. 19, 2019, in a 4-0 win against the Minnesota Wild. He stopped all 31 shots faced.
Miller filled in the backup role nicely but the Ducks players poor play could not provide any help for Miller and his numbers. There was a lot of games where the Ducks allowed 40 plus shots on net. Miller did well staying in position and was patient on the multiple odd-man rushes faced. He kept the Ducks in some games and gave them a chance to win.
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Miller, re-signed with the Ducks for another year with a $2.325 million cap hit, per Cap Friendly. I think with a new system and hopefully improved puck possession, both Miller and Gibson could have better numbers next season. I would like to see Miller get a few more starts to take some of the pressure off of Gibson. Miller is a solid backup goalie and can take on the starting role if Gibson goes down with an injury long term. There is not much blame one can put on either goalie this season as the team in front of them failed to provide much support. I would expect to see Miller get 25-30 starts for next season, especially with Gibson possibly being hurt to start the season.
The grade that I am giving Miller is solely based on his responsibilities as a backup goaltender. I will give Miller an A- for that particular role. Miller will be the Ducks back up for another season and I hope he can be looked up to as a mentor-type to Gibson. Also, to provide support so Gibson can get a few more nights off.
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September 30th, 2019