Kevan Miller
Kevan Miller
31-Year-Old DefensemanD
Boston Bruins
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Though Miller's one goal and 16 points in 68 games were not especially fantasy-friendly, the 30-year old has turned into a rock-solid defender for the Bruins, while displaying an improved ability to occasionally jump into the play to complement his established and rugged approach. Said gritty style resulted in Miller recording 70 PIM, 164 hits and 111 blocks in 2017-18. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder is set to reprise his regular role on the blue line this season, and in the third year of a four-year, $10 million deal. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year deal with the Bruins in May of 2016.
Lays out six blocked shots
DBoston Bruins
February 16, 2019
Miller posted six blocked shots and two hits in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Kings.
In his last five games, Miller has 15 blocks and 11 hits, although he has failed to record a point in that span. That's not surprising, given Miller has just five assists in 33 outings this season. Miller is known more as a stay-at-home defenseman, making him hard to justify rostering in fantasy.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, Miller continues to bring a hard-nosed and gritty presence to the Boston blue line, but due to his modest offensive upside, he’s not a viable option in most fantasy formats. The 29-year-old -- who has three seasons left on his four-year, $10 million contract -- is coming off a 2016-17 season in which he recorded three goals and 13 points to go along with 50 PIM in 58 games. Miller’s rugged style of play takes a toll on his body, but when he’s on the ice, the 29-year-old racks up his share of hits (121) and blocked shots (76), which account for much of his meager his fantasy relevance. This coming season, Miller (a righty) may be asked to work on the left side, but in a perfect world, he'd stay right where he is on the right side, an outcome that hinges on the team trading for a lefty-shooting defender or promoting a prospect who fits the bill.
At 6-foot-3, 212 pounds, Miller brings a hard-nosed and gritty presence to the Bruins' blue line, but as a result of his modest offensive upside, he's not a top tier blue line option in most formats. Miller, who signed a four-year, $10 million contract with the Bruins this past summer, is coming off a 2015-16 season in which he recorded five goal and 18 points to go along with 53 PIM in 71 games. In that span the rugged backlider also recorded 164 hits and 123 blocked shots.
Miller, whose 2014-15 season ended with dislocated right shoulder in February, recorded two goals and five assists in the 41 games he played in before being shut down. Though Miller doesn't offer much upside on offense, when healthy, he plays a sound and rugged brand of positional hockey that provides value to the team’s back line, as evidenced by the fact that the 27-year-old recorded a team-best plus-20 rating. As training camp approaches, he’s in line to jostle with the likes of Joe Morrow, Zach Trotman, Colin Miller and Matt Irwin for a spot on the B's third pairing.
With six points and 38 PIM in 47 NHL games last season, Miller was a marginal fantasy option, but his sturdy and reliable play was one of the team’s most pleasant surprises in real terms and was instrumental in helping the Bruins weather injuries to the likes of Adam McQuaid and Dennis Seidenberg. Miller enters the coming season as a proven NHLer, who figures to be hard to keep out of the lineup in spite of the team’s deep (and now more healthy) blue line corps.
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First point in 14 games
DBoston Bruins
February 6, 2019
Miller collected an assist on the game-winning goal in a 3-1 win over the Islanders on Tuesday.
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Drops gloves in heavyweight tilt
DBoston Bruins
January 15, 2019
Miller fought for the second time this season during a 3-2 overtime loss to the Canadiens on Monday.
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Will play Thursday
DBoston Bruins
December 27, 2018
Miller (neck) will return to action Thursday evening against the Devils.
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Making progress
DBoston Bruins
December 20, 2018
Miller (larynx) participated in practice Wednesday, Eric Russo of the Bruins' official site reports.
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Attends practice Thursday
DBoston Bruins
December 13, 2018
Miller (neck) took part in Thursday's practice session sporting a non-contact sweater.
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