NHL Draft 2014: Columbus Blue Jackets select Sonny Milano with No. 16 overall pick

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have selected Sonny Milano with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have selected Sonny Milano with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Milano, 18, is a left-handed shooting forward prospect who has spent time at both center and left wing. He has played the last two seasons with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program and has represented the United States internationally on two occasions. Selected with the No. 81 overall pick by the Plymouth Whalers in the 2012 Ontario Hockey League priority draft, Milano opted to play in the United States and is committed to play at Boston College during the 2014-15 season.

Listed at 5'11, 183 pounds, Milano is described as an offensive dynamo with an explosive skill set by the ISS. Milano finished the year ranked as the No. 16 overall skating prospect in the ISS year-end evaluation. His above-average skills are a point of emphasis in his scouting report:

Milano is a highly skilled and elusive forward with below average size. His skating ability, burst, and agility help him navigate his way in and out of traffic and elude heavy physical punishment. He possesses the speed and hands to beat defenders one on one. Has good ice awareness and vision to make plays and find holes. Although Milano is undersized and needs to add strength, he does not play afraid and relies on his elusiveness and hockey sense to be an effective player in the tough areas and in heavy traffic. He has versatility that translates into him being able to play center or wing and being able to play up and down the lineup. Milano is at his best when he uses his speed and smarts to create and distribute pucks off the attack.

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