Sonny Milano

Anaheim Ducks
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Fantasy Summary

Featuring great hands and electric speed, his defense while improved is still a sore spot. He’s shown he can produce in spurts in the NHL, and should garner a bigger role as time passes.

Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 7.0
Country USA
Position LW
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth May 12, 1996
Height 6‘0”
Weight 199 lbs
Drafted 2014 Round 1; Overall: 16


March 2020 – Since being moved to the Ducks, Milano has been attached to Ryan Getzlaf’s hip, playing wing on his line in every game thus far. In his team debut, he registered an assist and the GWG on the powerplay in overtime. A fresh start has helped the young winger and now would be a great time to buy low as he could pop off next season. Lucas Main

February 2020 – Milano has been traded from Columbus to Anaheim.  Jokke Nevalainen

December 2019 – The 23-year-old continues to struggle to make the type of impact he was hoping for at the NHL level. After signing a one-year extension in July, the Blue Jackets are hoping for one last hoorah from their former first-rounder to show he deserves a long-term spot with the club. Unfortunately, his numbers are mediocre at best with just three goals and eight assists through 28 games. While he shows flashes of brilliance every few games, he ultimately fails to stay consistent and does not contribute with many peripheral stats. All these contributors leave the organization with a tough decision in the off-season. Dave Hall

October 2019 – Milano found himself on the outside looking in for the first two games of the season with the Jackets. With an injury to Josh Anderson, the winger finally slotted into the lineup to make his season debut in game three, albeit a lackluster one. The 23-year-old skated on the team’s fourth line and was limited to just 7:32 of ice time. The former first-round pick has yet to make the type of impact that the Blue Jackets were hoping for when they drafted him back in 2014. Given that he must clear waivers to be sent down, Milano should find himself in the rotation for the remainder of the year. However, with the additions of young talent such as Alexandre Texier and Emil Bemstrom, his chances to show that he belongs could be limited.  Dave Hall  

July 2019 – Milano has accepted a qualifying offer from the Blue Jackets ensuring that he will be back with the club. The 23-year-old will be a pending RFA again at the end of next season. A former first-round selection, Milano has developed slower than expected. There should be enough roster room for him to make the Blue Jackets out of training camp as a middle-six role, but he could just as easily start the year in the AHL with Cleveland. His fantasy value is pending as a result. Frank Pellegrini

June 2019 – For the fourth consecutive year, the 22-year-old split his campaign between the Columbus and Cleveland. He struggled to provide offense in the NHL managing just one point in eight games. It was different story in the AHL, as Milano produced 24 points in 27 games. He showed well in the Calder Cup playoffs with ten points in eight games. With a number of players scheduled for free agency in Columbus, Milano could secure a top-six role this fall. He will need to sign a new contract though, as he will be a Restricted Free Agent. Frank Pellegrini

October 2018 – Milano has earned himself a roster spot with the Blue Jackets to begin the 2018-2019 season. Through three games, he has played on the fourth line, averaged approximately eight minutes of ice time per game and has yet to find the scoresheet. It is quite likely that Milano sticks with the big club due to waiver eligibility, so expect his minutes, role and point production to increase with more NHL experience. The talent is too good not to. Frank Pellegrini

December 2017 – Milano started the year off with a bang, registering four goals in his first three contests and putting in some signifiacnt power play minutes, a role he’s played from time to time in the interim. His scoring has dropped off significantly since, with a goal and five assists in 22 games, and a few recent trips to and from AHL Cleveland. His 10:40 average TOI shows Columbus isn’t quite ready to give him an extensive role, but his offensive flash will likely garner the 21-year-old more playing time and scoring opportunities as the NHL campaign wears on. Kevin WIckersham. 

September 2017 – With a potential vacancy in the Blue Jackets’ forward ranks as Josh Anderson’s holdout lengthens, Milano has an increased chance at starting the regular year with the big squad. He took a good step in that direction in tonight’s 3-2 preseason loss to St. Louis logging 21:51 TOI and a whopping 10:43 on the power play, both tops among CBJ forwards, as well as dishing two primary assists . Kevin Wickersham 

June 2017 – During the 2015-16 season, Milano put up 14-17-31 in 54 games at the AHL level, along with 4-4-8 in a championship run in the Calder Cup playoffs. Milano also got a brief look at the NHL, scoring one assist in three games with Columbus. All in all, not a bad first season of professional hockey. For his sophomore AHL season, Milano scored an impressive 18-29-47, but did regress (minus-3) overall. Again, he got a taste of the NHL, with zero points and an overall minus-3 in four games with the Blue Jackets. It seems that when Milano is allowed to play an offense-only style, he can succeed. There are questions about his defensive game. When a player’s plus/minus drops by 17 points from one year to the next, it’s going to raise eyebrows. Milano needs to work on his entire game and figure out how he intends to make it at the NHL. Milano has the offensive skills, but he must improve on defense. Mark Hinrich

December 2015 – Sonny Milano has made the USA World Junior Championship squad.This will be his second year representing his country in the tournament and is expected to play a more significant offensive role  Hayden Soboleski

May 2015 – Milano had a great first year in the OHL, playing for the Plymouth Whalers. While his numbers weren’t quite as impressive as they were with the USDP team, he still amassed 68 points in 50 games. He also participated on the USA’s U20 WJC team, putting up two goal and two assists in five games. When his junior team was eliminated from playoff contention, Milano joined the Falcons for their last nine games where he collected five assists. Milano’s short stint with the AHL’s Falcons shows he has the potential to contribute at the next level. – Chris Bagwell

August 2014 – After weeks of the media questioning Sonny Milano’s immediate future, Columbus’ 2014 1st round pick has officially stated that he will forego Boston College and play with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League for the 2013-14 season, stating the number of games as important in his preparation for professional hockey. Milano stands a very good chance at becoming one of the OHL’s leading scorers. Brendan Ross

June 2014 – The Columbus Blue Jackets selected Sonny Milano 16th overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Brendan Ross

February 2014 – Skating alongside Jack Eichel (potential 2015 1st overall selection) certainly hasn’t impeded Sonny Milano’s rise up the draft boards. However, Milano is a tremendous prospect in his own right. Slick puck handling and a high panic threshold allow this dynamic winger to dominate possession and dictate the pace of the game. He owns good separation speed with elusive qualities which makes him a difficult attacker to contain. Milano breeds offence and joins an exciting group of highly skilled smaller forwards looking to prove their worth – a common player type of the 2014 draft class. Committed to Boston College (NCAA). Brendan Ross


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2008-2009 New York Jr. Rangers QC Int PW - - - - - |          
 2010-2011 Long Island Gulls 14U AAA AYHL 14U - - - - - |          
  Portledge School USHS-Prep 18 10 11 21 - |          
 2011-2012 Cleveland Barons 16U AAA T1EHL 16U 40 44 43 87 10 |          
 2012-2013 USNTDP Juniors USHL 38 10 12 22 12 |          
  U.S. National U17 Team USDP 56 20 27 47 20 |          
  USA U17 WHC-17 6 4 6 10 6 |          
 2013-2014 USNTDP Juniors USHL 25 14 25 39 21 |          
  U.S. National U18 Team USDP 58 29 57 86 23 |          
  USA U18 WJC-18 7 3 7 10 4 |          
 2014-2015 Plymouth Whalers OHL 50 22 46 68 24 |          
  Springfield Falcons AHL 10 0 5 5 0 |          
  USA U20 WJC-20 5 2 2 4 2 |          
 2015-2016 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 3 0 1 1 0 |          
  Cleveland Monsters AHL 54 14 17 31 22 | Playoffs 17 4 4 8
  USA U20 WJC-20 7 1 7 8 2 |          
 2016-2017 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 4 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 1 0 0 0
  Cleveland Monsters AHL 63 18 29 47 24 |          
 2017-2018 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 55 14 8 22 10 | Playoffs 3 0 0 0
  Cleveland Monsters AHL 9 2 3 5 4 |          
  USA WC 8 1 1 2 4 |          
 2018-2019 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 8 1 0 1 0 |          
  Cleveland Monsters AHL 27 11 13 24 22 | Playoffs 8 2 8 10 10 
 2019-2020 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 46 5 13 18 22 |          
  Anaheim Ducks NHL 9 2 3 5 4 |