Sonny Milano, the 16th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, was set to make big waves in the Traverse City prospect tournament for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
That won’t be happening anymore.
The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that Milano could be out up to two months after suffering “multiple facial fractures”. From the Dispatch:
Blue Jackets prospect left wing Sonny Milano, the club’s No. 16 overall selection in June, suffered multiple facial fractures when he was checked into the boards during Thursday’s 6-4 win over Minnesota at the NHL prospects tournament in Traverse City, Mich.
Milano suffered a fractured orbital bone and a fractured cheek, according to Plymouth Whalers director of U.S. scouting Don Harkins.
Harkins said Milano is expected to miss eight weeks.
Portzline was also Johnny on the Spot when it came to getting an update that included a comment from Blue Jackets’ General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen:
Plymouth director of U.S. scouting Don Harkins says Milano out 8 wks. #CBJ GM Jarmo Kekalainen says it’s non-displaced, could be just 2 wks
— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) September 13, 2014
This comes just days after Milano inked his three-year, entry-level contract with Columbus. The 18-year-old left winger came from the USNDP and looked to be on his way to Boston College if he couldn’t stick with the Jackets this season.
The new plan will likely see him heal up and head to college for his freshman season with a shot at the NHL next season.
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