Nov 27, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings left wing Drew Miller (right) celebrates with Detroit Red Wings center Joakim Andersson (18) after scoring a goal against the Boston Bruins in the third period at Joe Louis Arena. The Red Wings won 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Drew Miller: Goal Scoring Grinder

Drew Miller is a jack of all trades, but that does not mean he cannot make a big impact n both sides of the ice for the Detroit Red Wings.

While he usually plays on the Red Wings fourth line, when Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi went down due to injury he was promoted to the third line and has played alongside Tomas Tatar and Joakim Andersson.

Since being moved up to the third line, Miller has scored three goals in as many games and has already tied his entire goal output from last season.

Drew Miller will most likely surpass 15 goals if he continues on his current pace and with how well the Red Wings are currently playing, I do not foresee him slowing down.

When I was fortunate enough to interview Drew Miller during his time with the Braehead Clan during the lockout he credited them with helping him reconnect with the scoring touch he had while playing for Michigan State. While his scoring touch did not show up much last season when he returned, it is certainly starting to shine through this season.

Miller scored his second goal of the night by kicking the puck from his skate to his stick and burying the puck into the empty net, a crafty play by the vet.

Although his offensive production is stating shine through, he has always been a dependable defensive player for the Detroit Red Wings and no matter what the circumstances, full strength or down a man, he will be in the right position to cut off a pass or block a shot.

He currently leads all Red Wings in penalty kill time on ice, which includes the defenseman as well, with 84:47 minutes.

When Pavel Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi return to the line-up, which can happen as soon as Wednesday, we could see Drew Miller slide back down to the fourth line with Stephen Weiss and Justin Abdelkader or Todd Bertuzzi, but he has been too good for the Wings on the third line.

But if the Red Wings can find a way to keep him on the third line with Joakim Andersson and Tomas Tatar, they might be better off. The current third line has provided a good amount of secondary scoring for a team that sorely missed it during their losing streak.

Whichever line Drew Miller plays on, he will continue to give it his all and will look to help the team in every way possible, but I hope the Wings keep him in a position where he can continue to contribute offensively.

Which line do you want to see Drew Miller playing on and how do you think the lines will work out once Bertuzzi and Datsyuk return?

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  • Mark Roepke

    While I am obviously happy with the way Miller has been offensively as of late, I think it is unfair to overwhelmingly judge a player on three games. We all know Drew Miller is not going to turn into a legitimate scoring threat. I say just let him do what he does best: skate hard and shut down the opposing scorers.

    As for what I want to see out of lines when Datsyuk and Bertuzzi return, and everybody is eventually playing well:

    Bertuzzi – Datsyuk – Zetterberg
    Nyquist – Weiss – Franzen
    Abdelkader – Helm – Tatar
    Miller – Andersson – Cleary

    I also do not have a problem with Babcock splitting up Datsyuk and Zetterberg, but I am unsure whether to remove Weiss or Andersson from the lineup. I’d prefer to have both it, obviously, but I don’t think either can play on the wing.

    • Octopus Thrower

      I think everyone knows that Miller will not become a serious scoring threat and if he can produce 10-15 goals this season it would be a great success. But I believe he can play 3rd line minutes and be successful at it.

      As for your lines, don’t forget about Daniel Alfredsson; he is lonely sitting up in the press box and will be in the line-up.