As the draft has past and the free agent frenzy is among us, what have the members of the Columbus Blue Jackets organization given us in talent?
Our first pick, Sonny Milano, was a member of the U.S National Development’s U17 team and the USNTDP juniors. In the 2012-13 season, Milano played 38 games with the USNDTP juniors and another 58 with the U.S. Nation Development U18 team. Scoring 20 goals for the U18 team, Sonny ranked up 27 assists and a mere 20 penalty minutes in 58 games. Compare that to Jared Boll‘s minutes, huh?
In his second season, 2013-14, he again split time between the juniors and the U18 team. With the USNTDP team, he had 14 goals and 25 assists for 39 points in 25 games, making him the team leader in scoring and catching the eyes of the members of the CBJ organization.
Milano ranked 16th in the scouting’s book as a top forward. Scouts describe him as a great offensive player but still needing development in the defensive side of the game. He rarely plays a physical game mostly focusing on goal scoring.From personal experience watching the development camp this season, Sonny seemed to be a bit shaken up at the beginning like any new recruit would be playing in front of the higher-ups. As soon as the 3-on-3 tournament got heated, though, he was scoring when his team needed him to. As a rule to the tournament, a shootout was played at the end of regulation time so the goalies got a chance to practice shootouts and the players got to show off a bit. Throughout it, Milano definitely showed some key shots being taken. Now let’s see those come in handy on the major game ice.