Dan Milan
Image: NHL

Dan Milan

Hometown:

Detroit Michigan

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-04-14

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2011

Weight:

194 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Dan Milan played 26 games as a junior for Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Prep in Michigan. He scored 5 goals with 4 assists.

2009-10: Milan was a team captain for Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Prep and was named All-State after scoring 5 goals with 13 assists in 31 games. Milan was selected by the Des Moines Buccaneers in the seventh round (93rd overall) of the 2010 USHL Entry Draft but chose to join Moncton in the QMJHL.

2010-11: Milan skated in 68 games for the Moncton Wildcats and was named to the QMJHL All-Rookie team as an 18-year-old. He scored 14 goals with 24 assists and was -26 with 76 PMs. Milan skated in all five playoff games for the Wildcats and was -1 with 1 goal, 1 assist, and 5 PMs. He signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Tampa Bay in September, 2011.

2011-12: Milan did not enjoy the same success of his rookie season in his second year in the QMJHL. After putting up 38 points for Moncton the previous year, he had 5 assists and was minus-13 with 31 penalty minutes in 33 games with the Wildcats before being traded to Victoriaville at the January trade deadline. Going from middle-of-the-pack Moncton to the Tigres, who finished second in the East Division and had the QMJHL’s third best record, didn’t change things much. Milan scored 2 goals with 4 assists and was minus-three with 42 penalty minutes in 29 games. He played in 3 of 4 playoff games and was minus-two with no points and 2 penalty minutes as Victoriaville was swept by Baie-Comeau.

2012-13: Milan skated for the ECHL’s Florida Everblades in his first pro season. In 43 games he scored 2 goals with 7 assists and was +5 with 56 penalty minutes. A healthy scratch at times in the beginning of the year due to a surplus of defensemen, he scored 2 goals with 7 assists and was +5 with 56 penalty minutes. The Everblades lost to Kelly Cup champion Reading in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Milan did not appear in any playoff games.

 2013-14: Milan made his AHL debut in a March 7th game with Tampa Bay affiliate Syracuse, finishing -3 with no points nor penalties and one shot on goal in a 4-1 loss to Rochester in his only game with the Crunch. He was scoreless with 6 penalty minutes in three games for Tampa Bay’s ECHL affiliate, the Florida Everblades. Milan spent most of the season with the CHL’s Brampton Beast. Milan scored 2 goals with 8 assists and was -6 with 108 penalty minutes in 50 regular season games. Brampton finished sixth in the CHL and lost to eventual champion Allen in a first-round playoff series. Milan was -3 with no points nor penalties in three playoff games.

2014-15: Milan played a career-high 70 games in his third pro season after being loaned to the ECHL’s expansion Wichita Thunder by the Tampa Bay Lightning. He scored 1 goal with 16 assists and was -6 with 178 penalty minutes. Wichita missed the ECHL playoffs after finishing fifth in the Central Division.

Talent Analysis

Milan is a big-bodied defenseman who was signed by the Lightning as a 19-year-old undrafted free agent after attending training camp in 2011. A long range project at the time, he has a willingness to play a physical game and fight when necessary and showed some offensive ability at the ECHL level this past season. His mobility, technical skills and tactical play are not considered NHL-ready at this point.

Future

Milan had the most productive season of his pro career in 2014-15 after being loaned to the ECHL's Wichita Thunder. Having played out his original three-year entry-level contract with Tampa Bay, he would become an unrestricted free agent if not tendered a qualifying offer by July 2015. Having played just one game at the AHL level to-date and with several talented defensemen in the Lightning pipeline Milan's status in the organization appears tenuous. He could play minor league hockey next season and possibly pursue options in Europe but Milan has yet to establish himself at the AHL level and his NHL potential appears limited.

Tampa Bay Lightning’s AHL affiliate icing a young and talented group of prospects

by Chris Roberts
on

Andrey Vasilevskiy - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Andrey Vasilevskiy has been very good in his first season of North American hockey, posting a 10-3-5 record in 18 AHL starts. Vasilevskiy even saw several NHL starts in December, filling in for injured starter Ben Bishop. (courtesy of Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

Having gone 6-2-2 in their last 10 games, the Syracuse Crunch are trending upward thanks to a well-stocked Tampa Bay Lightning prospect pool highlighted by some promising goaltenders and depth on the blue line.

Read more»

Tampa Bay Lightning have solid young talent spread across all positions

by Chris Roberts
on

Cedric Paquette - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning forward Cedric Paquette has split the 2014-15 season between the AHL and NHL. Paquette was picked in the fourth round of the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)

Even with some of its most promising prospects graduating to NHL ranks in recent years, the Tampa Bay Lightning continue to boast one of the league’s most impressive prospect pools.

Read more»

Deep minor league system paying off for Tampa Bay Lightning

by Chris Roberts
on

Vladislav Namestnikov - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Forward Vladislav Namestnikov is amidst a breakout season for the Syracuse Crunch, with 28 points through 24 AHL games. (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon SMI)

On the outside of the AHL playoff picture as of mid-January, things do not look like they will get any easier for the Syracuse Crunch, the AHL affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Thanks in large part to Steven Stamkos' broken leg, among other injuries, a number of Crunch players have been summoned for short term replacement.

Read more»

Tampa Bay Lightning prospect pool filled with depth and skill at every position

by Chris Roberts
on

Richard Panik, Tyler Johnson, and Alex Killorn - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Richard Panik (left), Tyler Johnson (center), and Alex Killorn (right) have been a crucial component of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s success in the 2013-14 NHL season. (courtesy of Mark LoMoglio/Icon SMI)

Armed with one of the top prospect pools in all of the NHL, the Tampa Bay Lightning are starting to reap the rewards of good drafting, particularly in the mid-rounds. In the past few years they have added high-ceiling players like Jonathan Drouin and Andrey Vasilevskiy in the first round, whom have been complemented nicely with former mid-round selections like Ondrej Palat, Radko Gudas, and Alex Killorn.

Read more»

Prospects for Tampa Bay Lightning now working their way onto NHL roster

by Scott Seningen
on

Cory Conacher - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Forward Cory Conacher has been one of the top rookie forwards in the NHL this season. Conacher was a free agent signing by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2011. (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

The Tampa Bay Lightning have a deep and talented affiliate in their AHL squad, the Syracuse Crunch. Several players have filtered through the Crunch recently to make it on the NHL ice with the Lightning, including: Cory Conacher, Alex Killorn, and Richard Panik. Currently, their offensive talent at the professional level is deeper than their defensive talent. 

Read more»

Related Articles