4. Ryan Miller

4. Ryan Miller

One of the better American Goalies in recent memory, Ryan Miller was a three-time CCHA Goalie of the Year at Michigan State, and the undrafted Spartan signed with the Buffalo Sabres, who he debuted for in 2002.

Miller became their starter in the 2005-06 campaign, and a year after, he was sixth in Vezina voting.  He remained their starter for years, and in 2009-10, he had the year of his life.  Miller was easily the best netminder of the campaign, earning Vezina honors with career-bests in Wins (41), Save Percentage (.929), and Goals Against Average (2.22).  He would also finish fourth for the Hart and was a First Team All-Star.

While Miller did not replicate 2009-10, he was still one of the better Goalies in the NHL for years after, and remained their first string until he was traded to the St. Louis Blues in February of 2014.

With the Sabres, Miller had a 284-186-57 record with a 2.58 GAA.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Goalie
  • Acquired: Signed before the 2002-03 Season.
  • Departed: Traded to the St. Louis Blues with Steve Ott for Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart, William Carrier, St, Louis’ 2015 1st Round Pick (which was later traded to Winnipeg who took Jack Roslovic) and 2016 3rd Round Pick (which was later traded to Florida who took Linus Nassen) 2/28/14.
  • Games Played: 540
  • Notable Statistics:

    284 Wins                        
    186 Losses
    57 Ties
    2.58 Goals Against Average
    .916 Save Percentage
    108.9 Goalie Point Shares
    25-22 Playoff Record, 2.47 GAA

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Vezina Trophy (2010)
    First Team All-Star (2010)
    All-Star Game (2007)
    Most Ties (2007-08)
    Most Saves (2012-13)
    Most Goalie Point Shares (2009-10)
    Most Point Shares (2009-10)

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