Quarter Season Report Card for Columbus Blue Jackets Forwards: Part 1

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 15: Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Markus Hannikainen (37) reacts after scoring a goal in a game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Florida Panthers on November 15, 2018 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH.(Photo by Adam Lacy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 15: Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Markus Hannikainen (37) reacts after scoring a goal in a game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Florida Panthers on November 15, 2018 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH.(Photo by Adam Lacy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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Sonny Milano

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COLUMBUS, OH – OCTOBER 20: Sonny Milano #22 of the Columbus Blue Jackets warms up prior to the start of the game against the Chicago Blackhawks on October 20, 2018 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images) /

It’s tough to give out a report card to a player who has only played eight games and has been poorly utilized but here we go anyway. Sonny Milano, who now finds himself in Cleveland, has had a less than stellar start to the year as well.

Milano hasn’t earned a consistent spot in the lineup this year due to his defensive play. I would argue that he has played no worse defensively than many of the possible bottom six forwards on the roster but apparently Coach Tortorella disagrees with me.

Sonny was sparingly used in his time in Columbus only averaging eight minutes a game which made it tough for him to get into an offensive rhythm which the scorer needed. This led to Sonny only producing one goal which came all the way back on October 18th against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Milano, 22, last played with the Jackets on October 23rd and has since been with the Monsters. In his time in the AHL he has played well, averaging a point per game in his six appearances.

The play of the other fourth line Jackets though may give Milano another chance in Columbus this season. I hope he does get another chance because we know how gifted Sonny is with the puck on his stick.

C. . 1/4 Season Report Card. . Sonny Milano