K’Andre Miller – Defense
Weight: 205 lbs.
Current Team: United States National Team Development Program (USNTDP)
Stats (U.S. U-18 National Team): 58 GP, 9 Goals, 20 Assists, 29 Points, 26 Penalty Minutes
Stats (USHL): 22 GP, 4 Goals, 12 Assists, 16 Points, 6 Penalty Minutes, +13
Scouts Say: K’Andre Miller is an excellent two-way defenseman who was converted from a forward. While his offensive upside may be more limited than expected, Miller has a solid game in all three zones. He is not afraid to use his size to skate the puck into the offensive zone or out of trouble in the defensive end. An intimidating player in front of the net it will be interesting to see how Miller handles playing against adults as he often looks like a man amongst boys. He is an excellent passer and has a heavy slap shot from the point, accuracy is a concern though. He has above average skating ability for a player his size.
The Sharks love drafting USHL and more specifically National Development Program players. The Sharks pipeline on defense is not exactly in a great place so a pick at that position would not surprise me. My concern is they have had very little success at that position in the first round under Doug Wilsons watch. What I like about this player are his size and defensive toolset. Moving on to college he will be playing for the University of Wisconsin a school that has an excellent history of developing defensive prospects. While I’m not in love with the idea of this being the Sharks pick they could do a lot worse.