Columbus Blue Jackets’ Sonny Milano Has a Big Choice to Make
Sonny Milano is an amazing hockey player, who would have been a first round pick even if he didn’t have an amazing display of stick work on the internet. The Columbus Blue Jackets liked Milano enough to draft him 16th overall in the 2014 NHL Draft. Now the question is where will the Long Island native play next season?The former US Development Team star is committed to play college hockey for Jerry York at Boston College next season but that may be changing. The Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League hold Milano’s junior rights and could be making a huge push to land the winger.
The never ending feud between junior hockey and the NCAA is no more apparent than in Milano’s case. There are two high end programs that have long histories of producing great professional players that will be bidding all summer long for the services of the 18-year old. Milano is in the driver’s seat and the Jackets should allow him to do what he feels is best.
Going to Boston College will allow Milano to train at some of the best facilities in the country and play for one of the best coaching staffs in the country. Having said that, Plymouth plays a pro-style schedule that will see him playing more games against equally adept competition. Choosing Plymouth would also allow Milano to attend Blue Jackets training camp and get a taste of what professional hockey is like.
With plenty of time between now and the season, don’t expect a final decision to come anytime soon. I think Milano will be in Boston suiting up for the Eagles and torching NCAA competition. Wherever Milano plays next season, one thing is for sure — he will be in the pros turning heads for a long time with amazing stick work on and off the ice.