Sonny Milano
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Sonny Milano

Hometown:

Massapequa New York

Currently Playing In:

Pro

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. 

2014-15: Milano skated for the Columbus entry in the Traverse City rookie tournament, suffering a facial injury that kept him out early in the year. He made his pro hockey debut with Blue Jackets’ AHL affiliate Springfield in March after skating for the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers and the USA U20 team. He had 5 assists and was -7 with no penalties in 10 games with the Falcons, who missed the AHL playoffs. Milano scored 22 goals with 46 assists and was -17 with 24 penalty minutes in 50 regular season games for Plymouth. The Whalers missed the playoffs, announcing the franchise was moving to Flint for 2015-16. Milano scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was +2 with 2 penalty minutes in five games for the USA, which finished fifth at the 2015 World Juniors after falling to Russia, 3-2, in the quarterfinals. 

2015-16: Milano skated for the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters as a 19-year-old and was part of the bronze medal-winning USA U20 squad at the 2016 World Junior Championship. Playing with former NHLers like Ryan Craig and Manny Malhotra with Lake Erie, he made steady progress in his first pro season. Milano scored 1 goal with 7 assists and was +9 with 2 penalty minutes in seven games at the WJC. The USA defeated Sweden, 8-3, in the bronze medal game. 

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 is in his first pro season of hockey in 2015-16, skating for Columbus AHL affiliate Lake Erie. Dominant against players in his age group, he is working to add the strength necessary to compete against older players. His offensive skill set suggests he can be a consistent scorer one day.

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