The Columbus Blue Jackets drafted Sonny Milano with the No. 16 overall selection at the 2014 NHL Draft.
Milano went one pick after his USA U-18 teammate Dylan Larkin went to the Detroit Red Wings as the draft had a strong American presence at the Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia. The 6-0, 183-pound left wing hails from Massapequa, N.Y. and is coming off a superb season.
Milano patterns his game after another New York native, Patrick Kane, who grew up in Buffalo before playing for the U.S. National Development Team and later with the Ontario Knights in London.
He finished with 85 points on 29 goals and 56 assists in 58 games for a remarkable 85 points, which was good for second on the U.S. Under-18 team.
He led the Under-18 team at the World Championships with 10 points in seven games for the team that took gold.
“He’s so dynamic, very good with the puck in traffic and in open ice and can make defensemen look silly… he likes to get under your skin. He certainly has the potential of becoming a complete player.”
Care to see how impressive Milano is with the stick? Check out this video of his impressive moves that should be in Columbus in the near future.