Prospect Profile: David Miller
OHL Draft Ranking: 52nd Overall
Selected: 6th Round, 107th Overall
2012 Club Team: Mississauga Rebels (GTHL)
Miller is an intelligent forward who really improved his game as the season moved forward. His vision with the puck in the offensive zone is impressive, and he shows strong creativity and skill. He is at his best drawing opposition defenders in, then using an open passing lane to feed the puck to a teammate. He is a strong skater who shows above average acceleration and mobility, and displays strong outside speed. He has one of the best sticks in the age group, using it to knock down passes, cause turnovers and create offense for the Rebels. He is very elusive and strong at beating opposition defenceman one on one. He will have his challenges moving forward, his size and strength need to be worked on, and his ability to win battles for the puck at the next level will be an area of concern. He stepped up his game in the GTHL playoffs with Robert Fabbri out; he has taken more of an offensive role with the team, and thrived. He did not have the best OHL Cup, but was said to be playing hurt. His complete level is also quite impressive. I had him as a top 3 round player, and was surprised to see him fall as far as he did. There where obvious concerns about his body size, but the skill and complete level is there. I expect him to play a year or two in the OJHL/Prep School, and see where his development takes him. If he hits the ceiling that I think he has, he has the potential to be this year’s Gemel Smith.