COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled left wing Sonny Milano and added defenseman Dean Kukan to the roster on emergency recall from Cleveland’s Lake Erie Monsters, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Milano, 19, has recorded 12 goals and 15 assists for 27 points with 18 penalty minutes and a +10 plus/minus rating in 48 games with Lake Erie this season. The Massapequa, New York native, who netted his first pro goal on October 31 against Charlotte, has 7-3-10 in his past 15 contests with the Monsters.
Columbus’ first selection, 16th overall, in the 2014 NHL Draft, he has tallied 12-20-32 and 18 penalty minutes in 58 career AHL games since making his pro debut with the Springfield Falcons at the end of the 2014-15 season. That year he also led the Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers in scoring with 22-46-68 and 24 penalty minutes in 50 games in his lone OHL campaign. He spent two seasons with the United States National Team Development Program from 2012-14, collecting 14-25-39 in 25 games in 2013-14.
Kukan, 22, made his NHL debut on March 26 at Nashville and has recorded two blocked shots while averaging 13:17 of ice time in two games with the Blue Jackets. He has also collected 3-7-10 with six penalty minutes and a +1 plus/minus rating in 29 games with Lake Erie in his first professional campaign in North America this season.
The Volketswil, Switzerland native notched 3-10-13 with 14 penalty minutes and a +2 plus/minus rating in 52 games in his second full season with Luleå HF in the Swedish Hockey League in 2014-15. Signed by Columbus to a two-year, entry level contract on June 1, 2015, he registered 8-21-29 with 26 penalty minutes and a +19 plus/minus rating in 125 career SHL games with Luleå from 2011-15.