Newark, NJ – The New Jersey Devils acquire defenseman Colin Miller from the Dallas Stars in exchange for a 2025 fifth-round pick.
In 79 games with the Stars in 2022-23, Miller notched six goals and 21 points. Additionally, he ranked second on the Stars in blocked shots with 108. Selected in the 2017 Vegas Golden Knights expansion draft, Miller had a career year notching 10 goals and 41 points. Miller was teammates with Devils forward Erik Haula that year.
The Golden Knights made the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season. In 20 postseason games in 2018, Miller scored three goals and seven points.
The Sault St. Marie, Ontario native has 466 career NHL games under his belt. Across his eight-year career, Miller has scored 35 goals and 122 assists. In the playoffs, Miller has 40 games of experience under his belt scoring four goals and 12 points.
Miller also represented Canada internationally at the 2021 International Ice Hockey Federation’s (IIHF) 2021 World Championship. As an assistant captain, Miller helped Canada claim gold in the world tournament.
Miller was drafted in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL Draft, 151st overall by the Los Angeles Kings.
New Jersey was in the market for a veteran defenseman after the departures of Damon Severson to the Columbus Blue Jackets and Ryan Graves via free agency. Combined, New Jersey lost 949 games of NHL experience with the duo playing in new sweaters next season. Luke Hughes will now be part of the Devils blueline full-time. However, his NHL experience is limited and New Jersey is opting to support him and the blueline with experience.
Miller (30), is a two-way defenseman that can move the puck well in transition. He has one year remaining on his contract at a cheap $1.85 million. Miller will be in the mix for bottom pairing minutes and could alternate with Brendan Smith as the Devils seventh defenseman.