As one of the most exciting summers of his life winds down, Sonny Milano isn't necessarily focused on next steps with the Blue Jackets - he knows it'll happen in due time.
When he recently announced his decision to back out of a commitment to play at Boston College and instead suit up for the OHL's Plymouth Whalers this fall, there was no shortage of speculation that Milano was on the verge of signing with the Blue Jackets.
While that possibility certainly exists in the near term, the Blue Jackets and Milano's representation have yet to have meaningful dialogue on an entry-level contract. Milano confirmed as much to Michigan Hockey Magazine in a recent interview.
“Maybe a strong start or a strong season will get me that contract, but there hasn’t been any talks yet,” Milano told MiHockeyNow. “When I was drafted, Columbus said they had no preference one way or the other, that both the OHL and Boston College were good routes. They basically left it up to us to decide as a family.”
The Blue Jackets selected Milano at No. 16 overall in this year's NHL Draft in Philadelphia, and before he even slipped the union blue sweater on, the rumors and chatter had begun. Some had him pegged to play in Plymouth regardless of what he said in the media, but Milano insisted that he was committed to Jerry York and Boston College, only to have a change of heart after talking the decision through with his family.
A superstar with the United States National Team Development Program (USNTDP), Milano became a household name in hockey circles for his popular "stick tricks" YouTube video and mesmerizing skill with the puck.
He's expected to be on the Blue Jackets' roster for the upcoming NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Mich., as well as main training camp in September.
The Whalers, rightfully so, are thrilled to have Milano in the fold and have massively upgraded their skill level over the summer. Plymouth made a trade with Sudbury to acquire center Mathew Campagna, who some believe may be destined to play alongside Milano.
“We are very pleased to have a player of this caliber joining our organization,” Whalers GM Mark Craig told MiHockeyNow. “My understanding is he lives for hockey and will bring a work ethic to our team that will force our players to a new level.”
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