Rangers ‘K’Andre Miller’ enjoys teaming up with Jacob Trouba as a learning experience

K’Andre Miller looks a little different these days, in his second training camp (and first season) with the Rangers. sound . . . . Older.

“It’s the goatee,” said his partner in defense, Jacob Troupa, with a chuckle.

The goat is a new look for the 21-year-old, and he has been angered by his teammates. But that’s not the only thing that looks different for Miller. The 2021 NHL All-Rookie’s performance looks a lot like the veteran these days.

“I think the most important thing for me is probably my confidence,” Miller said Tuesday, before the Rangers beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 at The Garden in their second pre-season game.

Miller landed the assist in Artemi Panarin’s goal late in the second half in his first-ever game before the NHL season (the NHL had no pre-season games) when he grabbed a puck to Panarin in the neutral zone as he headed to the bench. long rosary; Panarin (1 goal, 2 assists) beat Boston goalkeeper Kyle Keyser to break the tie 2-2 at 19:00 of the second.

Miller was delighted to meet him in training camp with Tropa, who was his partner for most of the junior season, which he said was very helpful to him in the transition from college hockey in Wisconsin to the NHL.

“He’s definitely a guy I look up to in the team and I think he’s an older brother,” he said of Trouba.

“I go to him with a lot of questions about hockey, non-hockey stuff, life, family stuff. He’s just one of those guys you can count on – a really reliable guy. He’s been a great leader to me.”

New coach Gerard Gallant chose to start camp by keeping both players familiar with each other. So Mika Zibanijad and Chris Kreider stand together in the front row, Panarin and Ryan Strom are together in the second line, joined so far by right winger Kabu Kaku, who scored Rangers’ second goal on Tuesday. It also meant keeping defense pair Adam Fox and Ryan Lindgren together, and keeping Miller with Tropa.

From her voice, Galant didn’t seem to see any reason to fix what wasn’t broken.

“No, they played well together [last season]The coach said.

“Foxy and Lindgren obviously have had a great year together and played really well, and I think Trouba and Kandari – a veteran and young man – it’s a good match there. So I think we’ll definitely start like that this year.”

Miller said he spent his off-season working to speed up his shot, which he felt got banned multiple times last season because it wasn’t fast enough. He’s also worked his skating, trying to speed his feet up when it comes to tight turns. This is difficult to achieve with its size (6-4, 216).

Notes and quotes: Igor Shesterkin is set to start in goal on Tuesday, supported by Tyler Wall. . . Anthony Pettito was the only player to play in Sunday’s season opener in Tuesday’s squad. . . Strikers Tanner Fritz, Austin Roshoff and De Tarmo Rionanen were assigned to Hartford, leaving 42 players in camp.

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