This article will be another in my series of player profiles, where I’ll look at each player on the Anaheim Ducks and assess how their season went. This piece will focus on Ryan Miller.
In Miller’s third season with the Ducks, he played 23 games, posting a .907 save percentage, 3.10 goals against average and a 9-6-4 record this year. Miller’s numbers were down from the last two seasons with Anaheim, where he posted a .928 and .912 save percentage respectively. That said, considering Anaheim’s defense gave up solid chances on a consistent basis, it was another successful season for Miller.
In terms of quality of competition, he played six of his 23 games this year against teams that didn’t reach the qualifying round and four games against teams who got a bye through the qualifying round. He also played better in the back half of the year, posting a .912 save percentage in 12 games with Anaheim in 2020.
We don’t know what will happen with Miller next season, but hopefully he’s back with the Ducks. He and John Gibson make for a solid tandem and despite Miller’s numbers dropping, he’s still a very capable backup goalie. He can play about 25 games per year and acts as a veteran presence on the team. Especially considering that John Gibson is one of the league’s top goalies and can play about 60 games per year, Miller makes for the perfect backup goalie for the Ducks.
Anthony Stolarz could probably act as a decent backup with the Ducks, but hopefully we see Miller back in Anaheim next season instead.
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Here’s today’s poll question (results and discussion will be posted in a future article):
If Ryan Miller is back with the Ducks next season, how many games do you expect him to play?