Sabres In Focus: Ryan Miller

#30 Ryan Miller

Ryan Miller was drafted in the fifth round (138th overall) by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, and what a pick he has been. Miller has opened eyes around the entire NHL, proving that he can be considered one of the best in the league.

Miller grew up in East Lansing, Michigan, where he attended college at Michigan State University. His brother, Drew Miller, currently plays for the Red Wings. Miller set an NCAA record with 26 career shutouts and won the Hobey Baker Award back in 2001.

In the 2005-2006 season, Miller began establishing himself as a number one goaltender in the NHL. After the lockout, Miller helped lead the Sabres to the Eastern Conference finals two years in a row.

Since he has been in the league, Miller continues to make highlight reel saves. Many argue that he is, or will be, better than former Sabres goaltender Dominik Hasek. Miller has yet to have less than 30 wins in a season, and had 40 in the 2006-2007 season.

Miller has easily became a fan favorite in Buffalo, earning the respect of the fans, and other teams in the NHL. In the 2009-2010 season, he was selected to the U.S.A. Olympic team, an honor that very few get the opportunity to participate in.

Miller has made some remarkable saves in his career, and he has plenty of time left to play. Here are just a couple of his spectacular saves:

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