If rookie center J.T. Miller’s best game as a Ranger came with his two-goal performance in this past Thursday’s 4-1 win over the Islanders, his worst was a turnover-prone, defensively-shaky outing in Tuesday night’s wild 4-3 shootout win at Boston.

And if Miller remains in the lineup for tonight’s rematch with the Islanders at Madison Square Garden, he’ll have played five NHL games. One more and this season will count as his first under his three-year, $2.775 entry-level deal.

Between assessing his development and his contract status, the Rangers will have to decide whether to stick with the 19-year-old Miller, the 15th overall pick in the 2011 draft, or return him to Connecticut (AHL) for now.

"Here, you’ve got to be complete," Miller told The Record after Wednesday’s optional practice. "I’m not saying I’ve got to be perfect but at least I’ve got to be good. Throughout the game, there were some things I wasn’t good at last night. I need to get better at it.

"Obviously, my goal is to stay here," added Miller, who began centering a third line with captain Ryan Callahan and fellow rookie Chris Kreider against the Islanders but has two goals. "I can only do the things I can control. Whatever happens, happens and I’m happy with it."

Miller acknowledged the only feedback he’s gotten so far on his play is the fact he’s still with the Rangers.

"I probably need to make the simpler play and work harder and think less about what I’m doing," said Miller, who led the Rangers with seven hits at Boston. "I thought I was being physical and getting pucks in deep, which is good. But I’ve got to make more happen out front. I’ve got to have more poise, be stronger on the boards. I probably turned it over a couple of more times than I should have. I don’t think that was my best."

Coach John Tortorella said the key in assessing Miller is to understand there will be rookie hiccups.