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. 

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. With a full year ahead of him, Milano may be at or near the top of the OHL’s scoring race now that the threat of moving has passed and the Flint Firebirds begin play.

2016 WJC Review: Total team effort propels USA to bronze medal

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Sonny Milano, Christian Dvorak, and Anders Bjork - Team USA - 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Team USA’s second line of Sonny Milano (L), Anders Bjork (C), and Christian Dvorak (R) provided important secondary scoring for the U.S. at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of RONI REKOMAA/AFP/Getty Images)

For the first time since 2013, Team USA left the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (WJC) with a medal, taking home the bronze medal with a dominating 8-3 rout of Sweden on the last day of tournament. Earlier in the tournament on Dec. 28th, the U.S. had lost to Sweden 1-0 in preliminary round play. Read more»

(Video) 2016 World Junior Championship: USA takes the bronze medal with 8-3 win over Sweden

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Photo: Team USA forward and 2016 prospect Matthew Tkachuk deposits one of his two goals past Team Sweden goaltender Felix Sandstrom in the USA’s 8-3 win in the bronze medal game of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship (courtesy of MARKKU ULANDER/AFP/Getty Images)

Teams USA and Sweden entered the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship with high hopes for winning gold. Instead, the two hockey powers met in the bronze medal game, an outcome that was certainly a disappointment to both squads. Read more»

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Auston Matthews - Team USA

Photo: ZSC Lions forward and 2016 prospect Auston Matthews has produced 14 goals and 25 points in 22 games in 2015-16 playing in Switzerland’s top league (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

The United States will be seeking a return to the medal round at the 2016 World Junior Championship in Finland. The Americans last medalled in 2013 when they captured gold at this event in Ufa, Russia. Read more»

Top 50 NHL Prospects: Winnipeg Jets’ trio among the prospects ranked 21-30 in the Fall edition

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Photo: Philadelphia Flyers prospect Travis Sanheim was returned to the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL for the 2015-16 season, where he has posted five goals and 17 points in 14 games to date (courtesy of Gavin Baker/Icon Sportswire)

The Winnipeg Jets under current GM Kevin Cheveldayoff have assembled an impressive group of prospects, and the appearance of three of those young prospects in the 21-30 grouping of the Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects is further evidence of young talent that has or will arrive in the near future. Read more»

Rychel and Milano lead arrival of reinforcements in Columbus

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Photo: Sonny Milano was outstanding during his only season of major junior hockey, racking up 68 points in 50 games (22 goals, 46 assists) for the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers. (Courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Sonny Milano was outstanding during his only season of major junior hockey, racking up 68 points in 50 games (22 goals, 46 assists) for the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers. (Courtesy of Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire)

The Columbus Blue Jackets have slowly amassed a logjam of prospects at multiple positions, and the 2015-16 season represents a coming of age for a young group that has largely grown up together. The organization moved its AHL affiliate just two hours north in Cleveland, proof that some of the little things like travel time and personal instruction matter to the organization, players and personnel alike. Read more»

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