New York Rangers, K'Andre Miller
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New York Rangers prospect K’Andre Miller had a great first year for the Wisconsin Badgers as he was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team.

Frank Curto

The New York Rangers have to be thrilled with their first-round pick K’Andre Miller. The kid was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team on Tuesday.

The Big Ten Conference announced the hockey All-Big Ten teams and individual award winners on Tuesday as selected by the conference’s coaches and a media panel.

Miller accomplished the achievement despite missing the final nine games of the season due to a knee injury.

Sammy Walker, F, Minnesota
Michael Graham, F, Notre Dame
Gustaf Westlund, F, Ohio State
Dennis Cesana, D, Michigan State
K’Andre Miller, D, Wisconsin
Drew DeRidder, G, Michigan State

At the time of his injury during a 4-1 loss to No. 3 Ohio State, Miller led the Badgers with 17 assists and 22 points. He was tied for eighth nationally in freshman scoring and was also tied for the lead among Big Ten Conference rookies.

Miller was also a “notable mention” when the Big Ten announced its 2018-19 All-Big Ten Hockey team.

K’Andre hasn’t decided if he will play another year at Wisconsin or think about signing a contract and turn pro. Miller’s head coach for the Badgers is former New York Ranger Tony Granato.

Regardless of his pending decision, Miller’s future looks bright. The future Blueshirt had plenty of people talking about his play at the collegiate level. Over time, he should be able to make the transition to the AHL and eventually get a shot with the Rangers.

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