One of the most underrated penalty-killing forwards in the league, Drew Miller’s season was cut short by injuries, appearing in only 28 games during Detroit’s 2015-16 campaign. He had previously played in 164 consecutive regular season games the past two years.
He’s set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 after making $1.35 million this season. Though the Detroit Red Wings will be facing some tough lineup choices in the coming months, Miller wants to return.
“I’d like to come back,” he said.
Miller suffered a broken jaw on December 3 against the Arizona Coyotes, forcing him out of the lineup for 14 games. Unfortunately, his bad luck continued; in just his second game after returning from that injury, he suffered a torn ACL on January 10 against the Anaheim Ducks, and didn’t play again. He’s still rehabbing the injury.
“The good thing is my knee is going to come back stronger,” he said. “My ACL has been torn or partially torn for 10 years. I’m going to come back a little stronger in my knee. I’m definitely motivated.”
Whether or not Miller will return to Detroit remains to be seen. He’s been a Red Wing since they claimed him off waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning on November 10, 2009. Before that, Miller began his NHL career with Anaheim, and was part of their 2007 Stanley Cup winning team. He’s the younger brother of Vancouver Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller; they both attended and played hockey at Michigan State and have roots in East Lansing.