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Sonny Milano to miss remainder of Traverse City tournament with facial injury

by Rob Mixer / Columbus Blue Jackets

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Blue Jackets prospect Sonny Milano is not playing in tonight's game against the Detroit Red Wings at Centre Ice Arena, and he won't be playing the rest of the tournament.

Milano, the Blue Jackets' first-round pick in this year's NHL Draft, was injured late in the second period of Friday's 6-4 win over the Minnesota Wild. He was exiting the zone and was pushed into the boards face-first, suffering a minor facial fracture that caused him to leave the game.

He had a precautionary X-ray at a local hospital which determined he would not need surgery, but Blue Jackets president of hockey operations said the team is not putting any time frame on his recovery.

"It’s a very minor, small fracture which is good news," Davidson told this evening. "There is no surgery required for him. When you think of a time frame, it’s really hard to tell. He will miss a little bit of time, but not a lot of time - it all depends on how it heals.

"He’s going to come back to Columbus with us (after the tournament), he’ll see our doctors there, and we’ll take it from there."

The only thing Davidson could confirm is that Milano will miss the rest of the Traverse City prospects tournament - but he will remain with the team in the meantime.

"He’s out of the tournament and we don’t know anything beyond that," Davidson said. "I don’t want to jump to any conclusions because we just don’t know. He’ll stay with us here but he won’t be playing."

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