Warren Miller was selected in the 21st round, 241st overall in the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft by the New York Rangers. The chances of anyone taken that low in the draft actually making it to the NHL for any period of time would normally be next to none, but Miller defied those odds playing 262 games in the NHL and another 238 in the former WHA.
After starring for South St. Paul high school in Minnesota, Miller enrolled at the University of Minnesota where he enjoyed a tremendous four-year collegiate career. Miller helped the Golden Gophers to two NCAA championship titles in his sophomore and senior years in 1974 and 1976. He emerged as a dominant offensive force in his final year scoring 26 goals and 57 points in 44 games.
Upon finishing school, Miller opted to join the WHA and the Calgary Cowboys who held is playing rights. He dressed for three games in 1975-76 and earned a regular spot in the lineup the following year, playing 80 games and scoring 23 goals and 55 points. He also represented the United States at the World Championships where he had two goals and four points in ten games. When the Calgary franchise folded, Miller was obtained by the Edmonton Oilers where he played for 18 games before being traded to Quebec in November, 1977. But the very next year he was on the move again, this time to the New England Whalers where he played the entire 1978-79 season.
The WHA folded and Miller's NHL rights were reclaimed by the New York Rangers where he played 55 games in 1979-80. In the offseason he was traded to the Hartford Whalers for cash on August 7, 1980. Miller played three years with the Whalers before retiring after the 1982-83 campaign. He also represented the U.S. at the World Championships for a second time in 1981 and also played in the 1981 Canada Cup.
In 262 NHL games Miller scored 40 goals and 90 points, far beyond the expectations of most picks taken 241st overall in the draft.