Incoming Boston College freshman forward Sonny Milano has been selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round of the 2014 NHL Entry-Level Draft on Friday night in Philadelphia.The Massapequa, New York native is the first Boston College Eagle to be selected in the first round since Mike Matheson, now a team captain, was selected 23rd in 2012.
Milano, a left-handed shot who is considered by many to be one of the best players in this year’s draft, as well as a high-caliber offensive player, is on his way to Boston College at a time when they are looking to replace a generational talent in Johnny Gaudreau, now of the Calgary Flames.
Previously, Milano was a member of the US National Under-17 team and Under-18 team. On the latter in 2013-14, he played in 58 games, notching an impressive 85 points (29g, 56a) with a plus-minus rating of +35. He was teammates there with Alex Tuch, also expected to be drafted in the first round on Friday evening.
In April, Milano and Tuch won gold with the rest of the United States team at the U-18 world championships in Finland.
Originally, Sonny Milano was destined to head to Notre Dame to play his college hockey career, but he changed course and decided to play for Jerry York in Chestnut Hill. It is expected that he will contribute immediately upon arrival.
Much like fans in Calgary enjoyed watching Gaudreau’s progress at Boston College, fans of the Blue Jackets will likewise have the same experience with Milano. In a highly-competitive Hockey East conference, and on a team that has made the Frozen Four in four of the past seven seasons, Sonny Milano will get a number of opportunities to prove himself on college’s biggest stage before making the leap to professional hockey.