What can we expect next season for Ryan Miller? He’s coming off his best year so far, with a 2.22 GAA, .929 SP, 5 shutouts, an Olympic silver medal, the Vezina trophy, and a super-hot girlfriend. There are some causes for concern, no question.
First thing to look at is that the D in front of Ryan will be quite different. Gone are Toni Lydman and Henrik Tallinder, in is Jordan Leopold (and most likely Mike Weber). Definitely a few wild-cards there, barring additional signings or trades. Tyler Myers has to mesh with a new partner and continue to progress.
Secondly, the workload comes into play. Since Patrick Lalime is back as the backup (with some potential spot starts for Jhonas Enroth), you can rest assured Ryan sees 65-70 games again barring injury. Really feels like a non-issue to me now as Miller had a tighter schedule last season and did well.
Why there is hope: Miller’s game is about positioning, knowledge of the game and quickness. All of which he’ll still have. His even-keeled attitude is exactly what is needed for long term success. For numbers, I’m thinking GAA in the 2.35 range, .920 SP. 43 wins.