CLEVELAND – The AHL’s defending Calder Cup Champions, the Cleveland Monsters, proudly powered by Constellation, announced Monday that the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets recalled left wing Sonny Milano from Cleveland. Selected by Columbus in the first round (16th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Milano has 16-27-43, 20 penalty minutes and a -6 rating to his credit in 59 appearances for the Monsters this year.
A 6’0”, 199 lb. left-handed native of Massapequa, NY, Milano, 20, appeared in two games for the Blue Jackets earlier this season, earning a -1 rating, and has five career NHL appearances under his belt, all for Columbus, spanning each of the past two seasons. In those five games, Milano posted 0-1-1 with an even rating.
In 123 AHL appearances for the Springfield Falcons and the Monsters spanning parts of three seasons from 2014-17, Milano supplied 30-49-79 with 42 penalty minutes and a -1 rating. In 17 postseason appearances for the Monsters in 2016, Milano contributed 4-4-8 with four penalty minutes and a +6 rating, helping the Monsters claim the Calder Cup as AHL Playoff Champions.
Milano posted 24-37-61 with 33 penalty minutes in 63 USHL appearances for the USA Hockey National Team Development Program spanning the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons and logged 22-46-68 with 24 penalty minutes in 50 appearances for the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers during the 2014-15 campaign. In international competition, Milano posted 1-7-8 with two penalty minutes and a +9 rating in seven appearances for Team USA at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship en route to a Bronze Medal finish. Milano additionally notched 2-2-4 with two penalty minutes and a +2 rating in five appearances for the Americans in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Tuesday road clash vs. the Iowa Wild with full coverage, live from Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA, underway at 8:00 pm on 99X and the Monsters Hockey Network.
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