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Blue Jackets' Milano signs entry-level contract

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Left wing Sonny Milano signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets, the team announced Thursday.

Milano, a first-round pick (No. 16) of the Blue Jackets in the 2014 NHL Draft, will play for the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League in 2014-15. He will be one of 25 players representing the Blue Jackets at the eight-team Traverse City Prospects Tournament, scheduled Friday through Tuesday in Traverse City, Mich.

"Sonny Milano is a skilled, dynamic player and we're very happy to add him to the exciting group of prospects within our organization," Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. "We are looking forward to watching his development and helping him grow both on and off the ice in the years to come."

Milano had 24 goals and 61 points in 63 games with the United States National Team Development Program Under-18 team. He had team-highs of seven assists and 10 points in seven games to help the U.S. win the gold medal at the 2014 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.

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