Canucks: J.T. Miller feels useless

Canucks: J.T. Miller feels useless


Although his lucrative seven-year, $56 million extension won't take effect until next year, Vancouver Canucks forward J.T. Miller is already putting enormous pressure on his shoulders after a slow start to the season. 

On paper, Miller has nothing to be ashamed of on the offensive level since he hit the target once and was complicit in a two-part net this season. But his contribution hasn't stopped the Canucks from letting two leads slip away to suffer as many losses so far. 

Miller also pointed out that he was on the ice for the eight goals allowed by his club, including four scored on the power play and two others on the penalty kill.

“I didn't right to talk about the team right now,” he said after Saturday's game against the Flyers in Philadelphia, according to the Canucks' official Twitter account. I take it upon myself to be a better player. It's not up to my abilities.

“I'm just disappointed. I'm not trying to talk about myself, but I'm not going to sit here and talk about how badly we played when I can't even lead by example right now. I feel like I'm a little useless, I don't know what to say.”

Not special units

Coach- chef Bruce Boudreau was never known for his gentleness and he didn't try to spare Miller, not without indicating that he was not overly worried for the rest of the season.

“He makes a good assessment, conceded the driver. I know he's a great player and he's going to be better, but he's going through a tough time right now. I talked to him, and he's smart. He knows he's not living up to his own expectations.”

“When your best players aren't the best, you're in trouble.”

But in Boudreau's eyes , the problem does not end with Miller. It is at the level of special units. The British Columbia team indeed shows a success rate of 7.7% with at least one more man and 55.6% when they have to manage at a disadvantage.

“ It is very frustrating. That's the difference, for two games now. If we don't get better, we're going to be in trouble.”

Miller and the Canucks will try to use the rest of their trip East to right the boat. The next opportunity to do so will be Monday in Washington, against the Capitals. Boudreau also hinted at changes in lines.