Over the next few weeks we will be looking at Detroit Red Wings’ player who are becoming Unrestricted Free Agents this summer and deciding whether or not the Red Wings would re-sign them or cut them loose.
HEIGHT: 6′ 2″
CAP HIT: $837,500
STATS: 8 points (4 goals, 4 assists) / 44 games played
Drew Miller was claimed off of waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning and stepped into the Detroit Red Wings line-up immediately, producing 19 points in 66 games.
During the lockout Drew Miller spent time with the Braehead Clan in the EIHL and regained confidence in his offensive game. I was lucky enough to be able to speak to Miller while he was in Scotland, the interview can be read HERE.
Miller is a very hard worker and can play on almost every line. He spent most of his time on the fourth line, but saw action on the third line and the second line next to Henrik Zetterberg.
Drew plays a tough game, he goes to the front of the net, and he does not give up the puck easily.
On the penalty kill, Miller is more important than almost any other Detroit Red Wing and is the reason the penalty kill turned around in the playoffs.
Mike Babcock loves what Miller brings to the team and Anser Khan from Mlive picked up this snippet:
“I’m a huge fan of Millsie,” Babcock said. “Millsie’s an important part of this team. When he was out, we missed him.
The only issue could be money. Miller will be looking for a raise from his current cap hit and he certainly deserves it, but I am not sure the Wings will be willing to give him the cash value he deserves.
It would be a mistake for the Red Wings to let Drew Miller go. I expect him to be back next season, but how do you feel about Drew Miller?