Jovan Miller has returned to the MLL. After barely playing last season for the Charlotte Hounds the Chespeake Bayhawks chose to use a a seventh round pick on Miller in last Wednesday’s MLL SUpplemental Draft. Considering the squad the Bayhawks already have, Miller is worth the risk, even if he doesn’t choose to play again.
In his last full season in the MLL, Miller recorded 21 points on 13 goals and six assists in 2012 with the Charlotte Hounds. That goal total included two goals from long range. So when he plays, Miller is one of the most explosive players on the field and will give the Bayhawks some youthful legs on a veteran laden team. While he won’t specifically put up a lot of points on a team that features scoring options at every single position on the offensive side of the ball, he will likely help the Bayhawks in transition and do a little more of the dirty work.
He can also help on the defensive side of the ball as well. While he will likely be playing on the second or third line because of the depth on the team, he will be better than most other team’s second or first line midfielders and provide an advantage for the Bayhawks. Even if he doesn’t play until the second half of the season, he will provide some fresher legs for some of the older guys on the team and give some of the short stick defensive midfielders a break every now and then and prove not to be a liability on the field once he is in.
Finally, on the offensive side, he has proven with some of his deep shooting that he can help stretch the defense for the Bayhawks. The Bayhawks just acqired one of the best feeders/players in the league in Joe Walters and have options all over the field in guys such as Drew Westervelt, Brendan Mundorf and Peet Poillon.
While Miller isn’t a game changer in terms of being a blockbuster type of deal, he does provide the Bayhawks with some more versatility in the midfield and looking primed to making another run at a third MLL Championship