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.
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.
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.