Sonny Milano
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Sonny Milano

Hometown:

Massapequa New York

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1996-05-12

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2014

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

1st round (16th overall), 2014

Weight:

180 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2010-11: Sonny Milano skated for the Long Island Gulls U16 team and was chosen for USA Hockey’s Select 15 Development Camp.

2011-12: Milano skated for the Cleveland Barons midget minor team and was the top scorer in the Tier I Elite league. He scored 44 goals with 43 assists and had 10 penalty minutes in 40 games for the Barons. He attended USA Hockey’s Select 16 Evaluation Camp and was invited to play in the National Team Development Program in 2012-13. Milano was selected by Plymouth in the fourth round (81st overall) of the OHL Priority Draft and in August 2012 he committed to playing college hockey at Notre Dame in 2014-15.

2012-13:Milano played for the NTDP’s U17 team in his first season in Ann Arbor and was the leading scorer for Team USA at the 2013 U17 World Hockey Challenge. He scored 20 goals with 27 assists and 20 penalty minutes in 56 games for the NTDP. Milano scored 4 goals with 6 assists and had 6 penalty minutes in six games at the WHC as the USA finished third.

2013-14: Milano returned to Ann Arbor for his second season with the NTDP. The second-leading scorer for the program’s U18 team behind 2015 draft-eligible Jack Eichel, he scored 29 goals with 56 assists in 58 games and was plus-35 with 25 penalty minutes. Milano was one of the USA’s top forwards at the 2013 Four Nations Tournament in Finland in November and shortly after the tournament announced he was switching his college commitment from Notre Dame to Boston College. Milano skated for the fifth-place USA U18 team at the 2014 World Juniors and scored 3 goals with 7 assists; finishing plus-6 with 4 penalty minutes. He was ranked 16th amongst North American prospects in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Columbus in the first round (16th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft. Milano signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Blue Jackets in September 2014. 

Talent Analysis

Milano is a gifted offensive player whose skating and technical skills make him a consistent threat. He doesn't play a particularly physical game and is still developing his defensive instincts but his scoring skills are top rate.

Future

Milano signed an entry-level contract with the Blue Jackets — foregoing a college hockey career. He suffered a facial injury during the Traverse City rookie tournament which kept him out early in the year and was returned to the OHL's Plymouth Whalers for the 2014-15 season after returning from his injury. He is expected to compete for the USA in the upcoming 2015 World Juniors. Milano projects as being a consistent scorer and exciting offensive player when he reaches the NHL — but is still developing physically and will need added bulk and strength to compete on a nightly basis. His all-around game and defensive play are also evolving at this point.

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