Sonny Milano

by Kevin Wickersham on December 11, 2017



Sonny Milano, C/LW

Shoots: L

Height: 6-0

Weight: 199

Born: 1996-05-12

Hometown: Massapequa, NY, USA

Drafted: 2014 by Columbus Blue Jackets, 16th overall




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


Fantasy Outlook: B+

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.  





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