Milano Skips BC to Sign with Columbus
CHN Staff Report
Sonny Milano will never make it to Boston College.
The incoming freshman, who affirmed his commitment to BC just two weeks ago at the National Junior Evaluation Camp, signed with the Plymouth Whalers (OHL) on Saturday, according to a source close to Milano.
The Columbus Blue Jackets drafted him No. 16 overall in this past June's NHL Entry Draft, and it's likely he'll agree to an entry-level contract with the NHL club soon, according to the same source. The signing with Plymouth will negate Milano's NCAA eligibility.
The BC Twitter account first announced the signing on Saturday night, tweeting that Milano informed the college that he would sign with the Blue Jackets organization. The Blue Jackets Twitter account later tweeted that Milano told BC he would join the Whalers.
Milano has been wavering back and forth since the NHL Draft. And, in fact, at one time was committed to Notre Dame before switching to BC.
Milano later released a statement explaining his decision:
“In an effort to avoid controversy and further questions on the subject, I responded that I was looking forward to attending BC in the Fall. While I have had every intention of playing for Coach (Jerry) York and joining the best college hockey program in the country, since the end of my hockey season at the USNDTP I have been questioning whether going to school was the best situation for me," Milano said.
"Perhaps I should have acknowledged my growing indecision when asked about my plans, but it was difficult to explain to those who were asking when I did not even know myself what I wanted to do. ...
"If I have disappointed anyone, particularly the great people I have met at BC, it was certainly not my intention to do so, and for that I am sorry. I hope that BC and those involved with its hockey program understand my decision.”
If Milano signs with Columbus and doesn't make the Blue Jackets NHL roster out of training camp next month, he would be assigned to the Whalers. He's also eligible to play in the AHL, since he wasn't drafted out of the OHL.
If Milano doesn't play in at least 10 NHL games next season (regular season and playoffs combined), his entry-level contract will slide, meaning a year will be added to the contract. That can happen twice, until Milano turns 20 years old.
Milano, who was originally committed to Notre Dame, was ranked as College Hockey News' No. 2 overall incoming recruit, behind only Jack Eichel.
Milano has signed a National Letter of Intent to play at BC.