The promising hockey star who was committed to play at Boston College has decided to turn pro.
Forward Sonny Milano will sign a professional contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets and not report to The Heights and take the ice for Jerry York’s Eagles, BC announced on Saturday.
Sonny Milano has informed @BCHockeyNews that he will sign a professional contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets organization.— BC Hockey (@BCHockeyNews) August 16, 2014
Jerry York: “Sonny has informed me he will sign a contract with Columbus. They will dictate his path as he embarks upon his pro career.”— BC Hockey (@BCHockeyNews) August 16, 2014
The 18-year-old from Massapequa, N.Y., was drafted by Columbus with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He scored 29 goals with 56 assists for 85 points in 58 games with the American U-18 team in 2013-14, earning a gold medal with the US at the 2014 U-18 World Championship.
He impressed many in a video that came out during the 2014 NHL Scouting Combine, showing off his profound stick skills off the ice.
The Eagles already have big shoes to fill, after their top line of Johnny Gaudreau, Bill Arnold, and Kevin Hayes all turned pro following the 2013-14 season. Now they’ll have to do it without arguably their top incoming player.
Gaudreau and Arnold signed contracts with the Calgary Flames after BC’s 2013-14 season ended with a loss to Union in the Frozen Four, while Hayes was unable to reach an agreement with the Chicago Blackhawks and is currently a free agent. The three combined for 134 points in 26 games as a line last season.