It appears the Columbus Blue Jackets 16th overall pick in this past draft, Sonny Milano, might not be 100% sure of where he is playing next season with rumblings he’s ditching the NCAA. With rumours swirling over Milano heading to the OHL and opting out of his NCAA committment, he had a very interesting interview which added more fuel to the fire.
Right now Sonny Milano is committed to play for Boston College in the NCAA. However, there are strong rumours that the Plymouth Whalers of the CHL have convinced the first round pick to play for them instead.
In a recent interview Milan had the following to say;
Q: Are you going to Boston College for certain? Sonny Milano: Yeah, for now. Q: What do you mean ‘for now’? A: I mean, yeah, yeah. I’m going
— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) July 10, 2014
That doesn’t exactly sound like the type of answer one would expect from a player fully committed to his team next season. With the Blue Jackets holding their development camp around the same time of this interview, there is some belief that Milano will be ready for the NHL sooner rather than later and doesn’t want to wait for his college team to allow him the opportunity to jump.
Blue Jackets reporter, Aaron Portzline, also went on to say that the more Milano tried to convince him about his college committment, the less convincing he appeared to come across. thickening the post a little further. Sure it’s going to take a lot more than a botched interview and a shaky prospect unsure of his future, to write in stone that he will switch, but it’s certainly interesting.
Throughout the junior hockey ranks there has long been the debate over whether or not a junior player should play in the CHL or the NCAA. The CHL route is generally for those looking to make a quick jump into the NHL, while the NCAA route is best for players looking for an education and a back-up plan.
Boston College is a very good school with an excellent NCAA hockey team capable of competing in their division and the frozen four. Not to mention Sonny Milano said “Boston College is my dream school” when talking about his NCAA decision after the draft. However, with the loss of Johnny Gaudreau, Kevin Hayes and Bill Arnold, Milano will have some big shoes to fill.
Whether or not Sonny Milano switches to the CHL or the Plymouth Whalers is still up in the air. There definitely seems to be some uncertainty regarding his future but that can always change. Not to mention, the Blue Jackets could keep him or put pressure on him to stay in the CHL over the NCAA.