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January 18, 2018

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Miller set to return


Stephen R. Sylvanie / Special to the Las Vegas Sun

Las Vegas center Adam Miller stick handles into the offensive zone against Bakersfield defender Chris Kaufman during game six of the Pacific Division semifinals at the Orleans Arena on Apr. 21.

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Las Vegas Wranglers forward Adam Miller converses with a teammate during a stoppage in play against the Thunder at the Orleans Arena on October 31.

Adam Miller is staying home.

The Las Vegas Wranglers announced Tuesday that they have agreed to terms with the newly adopted Southern Nevada local.

Although Miller is originally from Livonia, Mich., the 24-year-old center spent plenty of time in Las Vegas visiting his grandparents in Henderson. While in college at Ferris State University, Miller's parents moved to Summerlin and shortly after that his brother and sister moved to Green Valley.

Now, Miller is ready to return to the Wranglers for his second full professional season in front of his large family cheering section at the Orleans Arena.

"I expect big things from Adam," said Wranglers coach and general manager Ryan Mougenel. "He's maturing as a player and there are a lot of strengths in his game that I'm excited about. There are some parts that we would both admit he has to improve on to get to the next level, but I really think he is going to be one of the elite players in this league this season."

Miller joined the Wranglers at the end of the 2007-08 season when he added eight points in nine games. During those 2008 Kelly Cup playoffs, Miller notched 16 points in 20 games to seal a full-time spot on the roster last season.

In his first full professional season Miller recorded 13 goals and 31 assists in 54 regular season games before adding 13 points in 18 playoff contests. He also spent 10 games in the American Hockey League last season with the Milwaukee Admirals.

In addition to signing Miller, the Wranglers also agreed to terms with 20-year-old forward John Morea.

The Brooklyn, New York native is entering his first full professional season after bouncing around several different leagues last year including the MJAHL, the OHL and EPHL. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound winger was a three time EJHL All Star and was one of 53 players to participate in the Chicago Blackhawks Prospect Camp in July.

Mougenel actually saw Morea tryout at the Fresno Falcons' camp last season and clearly the young skater left a positive impression.

"He is a very offensively talented kid," Mougenel said. "He’s just kind of finding his way as a professional, but I think he is going to hit his stride and really make an impact this year."

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