NHL Expansion Draft 2017: Bruins defenseman Colin Miller selected by Vegas Golden Knights

One of the Boston Bruins' young defensemen is heading to Sin City.

Colin Miller, Boston's 24-year-old blue liner, was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights as part of the new NHL franchise's expansion draft Wednesday night at the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas. 

"The Boston Bruins want to thank Colin for his time and contributions to our organization," Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said. "We wish Colin well as he begins an exciting new chapter."

Miller -- acquired by the Bruins during the trade between the Los Angeles Kings for Milan Lucic on June 27, 2015 -- appeared in 61 games with Boston in 2016-17, tallying 13 points while averaging 15:49 of ice time.

Armed with a strong slap shot and great skating ability, Miller had the potential to be an impact player on the Bruins' blue line going forward, but struggled to gain consistent playing time.

Miller was one of the Bruins' players that the team chose not to protect from the expansion draft, with Boston opting to shield fellow defenseman Kevan Miller instead. While Kevan Miller is older at 29, he impressed during the postseason -- averaging 25:15 of ice time against the Ottawa Senators.

Although Vegas will hold Miller's rights, it's not a certainty that he will remain with the club. The promising defenseman has been linked to trade rumors between the Golden Knights and Maple Leafs, according to TSN's Frank Seravalli.  

In 103 career games in the NHL, Miller has tallied nine goals and 20 assists with 94 penalty minutes. The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native is set to become a restricted free agent after the 2018 season.

Source : http://www.masslive.com/bruins/index.ssf/2017/06/nhl_expansion_draft_2017_bruins_defenseman_colin_miller_selected_by_vegas_golden_knights_report.html

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