The Anaheim Ducks announced today that they have reassigned left wing Drew Miller to the Iowa Chops, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).
Miller, 24 (2/17/84), scored 0-4=4 points with 11 penalty minutes (PIM) in 13 games with the Ducks this season. He has had two separate stints with Anaheim since originally being recalled from Iowa on Jan. 3. Miller has appeared in 36 games with the Chops in 2008-09, collecting 17-11=28 points and six PIM. Named to the 2009 PlanetUSA AHL All-Star Team on Jan. 7, Miller returns to Iowa leading the team in goals. He’s also tied for the team lead in power play goals (6) and ranking third in points.
Selected in the sixth round (186th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Miller appeared in 26 games with the Ducks last season, scoring 2-3=5 points with six PIM. He made his regular season NHL debut on Oct. 6, 2007 at Pittsburgh and scored his first career NHL goal in a 3-1 Anaheim victory on Oct. 17 vs. Nashville. Miller spent the rest of 2007-08 with Anaheim’s then-AHL affiliate in Portland, collecting 16-20=36 points with 12 PIM in 31 games. The 6-2, 185-pound winger also scored 1-7=8 points with 12 PIM in 16 Calder Cup Playoff games, helping the Pirates to an AHL Eastern Conference Finals appearance.
A native of Dover, New Jersey, Miller made his professional hockey debut in 2006-07 with Portland, finishing tied for first on the Pirates in rookie scoring and tied for third in overall scoring (16-20=36). He appeared in three games for Anaheim during the 2007 playoffs, including Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup Final vs. Ottawa.