CLEVELAND – The AHL’s defending Calder Cup Champions, the Cleveland Monsters, announced Saturday that left wingSonny Milano and defenseman John Ramage were assigned to Cleveland by the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets. A 6’0”, 199 lb. left-handed native of Massapequa, NY, Milano registered 1-0-1 with six penalty minutes and a -1 rating in two appearances for Cleveland this season prior to an October 21st recall to the Blue Jackets, during which Columbus’ first-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft (16th overall) did not appear in any games. Ramage, a 6’0”, 201 lb. right-handed native of Mississauga, ON, cleared waivers on Saturday and was assigned to the Monsters after gaining medical clearance to play following offseason shoulder surgery.
Milano, 20, has 0-1-1 and a +1 rating to his credit in three career NHL games played for Columbus and posted 15-22-37 with 28 penalty minutes and a +4 rating in 66 career AHL appearances for the Springfield Falcons and the Monsters spanning parts of three seasons from 2014-16. Milano additionally provided 4-4-8 with four penalty minutes and a +6 rating in 17 postseason appearances for the Monsters in 2016, helping Cleveland claim the 2016 Calder Cup Championship.
Named one of the Monsters’ 2016-17 assistant captains prior to the season, Ramage, 25, was selected by the Calgary Flames in the fourth round (103rd overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and has a -3 rating to his credit in two career NHL appearances for Calgary and Columbus during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, respectively. In 175 career AHL games played for the Abbotsford Heat, Adirondack Flames and the Monsters, Ramage logged 11-32-43 with 194 penalty minutes and a +4 rating. Prior to his professional career, Ramage supplied 14-39-53 with 237 penalty minutes and a +28 rating in 157 NCAA appearances for the University of Wisconsin, for whom Ramage served as team captain during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.
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