The Tampa Bay Lightning have agreed to trade forward JT Miller to the Vancouver Canucks. The Lightning get a conditional 2020 first round pick, a third-round pick in 2019, and goaltender Marek Mazanec. The condition for the 2020 first round pick is if the Canucks don’t make the 2020 playoffs then it becomes a 2021 first round pick.
Mazanec, a third and a conditional first for JT Miller from VAN
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 22, 2019
Lightning Trade JT Miller to Canucks
The Lightning completed a trade Saturday, June 22nd with the Canucks. The Lightning acquires a conditional 2020 first, a 2019 third, and Marek Mazanec in exchange for JT Miller.
In JT Miller, the Canucks get a fast, skilled forward. This season, he scored 13 goals and 34 assists for 47 points, adding 30 minutes in penalties. His possession numbers are 53.8 percent Corsi and a relative Corsi of 2.9. Those totals are slightly worse compared to last season, where he scored 23 goals, 35 assists for 58 points. While he stepped back in the goals category this season, he maintained similar points per game to last season while averaging three fewer minutes a night. Over his 7-year NHL career Miller has played for the New York Rangers and the Tampa Bay Lightning. In that time, he has 95 goals and 142 assists for 237 career points in 435 career games. He was originally drafted in the 1st round, 15th overall of the 2011 NHL draft by the Rangers.
What This Means for the Future
The Canucks get a skilled forward that can play with Elias Pettersson while he is still cheap on his ELC. Miller is locked up for 4 more seasons to a 5.25 AAV. The Lightning get cap relief to help them try to sign Brayden Point to a contract extension, who just finished up his ELC.
While Miller didn’t produce as he did in the 2017-18 season, he still had a productive year while being utilized less. In Vancouver, he could be playing with players like Elias Pettersson or Brock Boeser which will help him get more minutes and play with productive forwards.
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