Prediction #5: J.T. Miller gets traded in a draft-day blockbuster
Yeah, this is the big one. If it happens, it will be tough for Canucks fans to swallow.
Miller led the Canucks with 99 points which was ninth in the NHL this season. He was also tied with Elias Pettersson for the team lead in goals with 32. Miller has been the engine of the team all season and has proven to be a leader in the locker room.
However, Miller turns 30 next year which is the age many players’ decline start. He also needs a new contract in 2023 and is going to want a massive raise.
I’m predicting that Allvin and company will try to extend Miller before the draft but they won’t come to an agreement. So, Allvin decides to trade Miller on draft day.
The Canucks will end up getting another first in this year’s draft plus one in next season, (which could be conditional) a second, a very good prospect and a very good young player. (or two.) With Miller being in the top ten in points this season, teams are going to really want him and will give up lots.
Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff wrote on Thursday that there was a lot of interest in Miller this season and there will be even more in the summer. (Seravalli worded it very interestingly.)
“Teams were salivating over the idea of acquiring Miller this season, and they will be downright horny this summer,” wrote Seravalli.
It will be tough to lose Miller, especially his leadership but trading him could be beneficial to the Canucks future and could move them a step closer to contention.
My prediction on where Miller will go? He will be playing games at Madison Square Garden in a Rangers sweater once again next season.
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