Milano recorded an assist in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Coyotes.
Milano remains bogged down in a 14-game goalless streak, but he has picked up two helpers in his last four outings. The winger got a look on the top line Tuesday and saw 2:08 of ice time with the man advantage. If he can maintain these two roles, the New York native could continue writing his name on the scoresheet.
Milano has gone four games without scoring a point.
The mini-slump follows a stretch during which the 23-year-old winger scored three goals and six points in eight games. Milano has plenty of skill, and his current linemates Josh Anderson and Boone Jenner can create space for him with their physical play, but right now the unit just isn't clicking. Don't be surprised if coach John Tortorella shuffles things up as he tries to snap the Jackets out of a 1-5-1 skid.
Milano collected two assists in Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Flyers.
He helped set up both of Boone Jenner's tallies, and the Jackets' third line of Jenner, Milano and Josh Anderson accounted for three goals and six points on the night. Milano has two goals and five points through nine games as the 23-year-old tries to finally lock down a consistent spot in the Columbus lineup.
Milano scored his second goal of the season in Thursday's overtime win over the Hurricanes.
The 23-year-old winger had a brutal start to the game, as his defensive miscues led to two of Carolina's three goals in the first period, and coach John Tortorella benched Milano for the rest of the frame after the second stumble (literally -- he tried to settle the puck down in his own end with his skate, stepped on it instead and lost both his balance and possession, and the 'Canes scored off the ensuing scrum). Milano regained his focus during intermission and was at times dominant once he was reinserted into the lineup, scoring what proved to be the tying goal on a brilliant rush down the left boards late in the second period, then nearly setting up Josh Anderson for the winner in the third with a perfect pass out of the corner that Anderson couldn't fire home past Petr Mrazek. Milano only has two goals and three points through eight games while skating in a bottom-six role, but if he can iron out the defensive kinks his offensive upside remains enticing.
Milano scored the game-winning goal in Wednesday's 3-2 victory over the Stars.
This one will be in highlight reels for a while -- Milano took a pass from Jakob Lilja in the neutral zone, split the Stars defense at the blue line with a burst of speed and then beat a stunned Ben Bishop by tucking the puck back between his legs and firing a shot over the goalie's shoulder from behind his own skate. It was Milano's first point in four games after being a healthy scratch for the first two games of the season, but he could work his way up the depth chart if he can flash his offensive upside more frequently.
Milano saw his first action of the season in Monday's overtime win over the Sabres, registering one hit and a minus-1 rating in a team-low 7:32 of ice time.
With Josh Anderson (upper body) sidelined, Milano came out of the press box and skated on the fourth line with Riley Nash and Jakob LIlja but didn't make much of an impact. This season probably represents Milano's last chance to prove he deserves a regular spot in the Columbus lineup, but he didn't make a strong case for a larger role Monday.
Milano won a spot on the Blue Jackets' roster to begin the season, Jeff Svoboda of the team's official website reports.
A first-round pick (16th overall) in the 2014 draft, Milano has outstanding skills as a sniper but hasn't developed the rest of his game enough to see more than sporadic action in the NHL to date. This is likely the 23-year-old's last chance to stick with Columbus, as he'd have to clear waivers to be sent back to the AHL, and while a possible fourth-line assignment may not give him much ice time in which to display his offensive upside, potential linemates Riley Nash and Emil Bemstrom also have more talent than typical bottom-six forwards.
Milano scored the Blue Jackets' lone goal in Thursday's 4-1 preseason loss to the Penguins.
Just as he was in the opener Tuesday, Milano found himself in the right place at the right time, taking a feed from Kevin Stenlund in the low slot and ripping the puck past Matt Murray. Milano needs a big camp to prove he still has a future in the Columbus organization, especially considering his off-ice legal issues, but with two goals through two preseason games, he's showing that he might be able to help replace the offense the Blue Jackets lost when Artemi Panarin and Matt Duchene left in free agency.
Milano scored a goal on two shots in Tuesday's 4-1 preseason win over the Sabres.
It was basically a tap-in as he stood on the edge of the crease -- Emil Bemstrom and Riley Nash did all the hard work on the forecheck to get the puck free -- but it was still a promising start to what could be a make-or-break camp for Milano in Columbus. The 2014 first-round pick only played eight NHL games last year, and if he can't carve out a role this season after the huge talent drain the club experienced in free agency over the summer, he likely never will.
Milano pled not guilty to assault charges Wednesday, Brian Hedger of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
He, along with Avalanche forward A.J. Greer, was charged in connection to a July dispute over a bar tab in Manhattan. The next court date in the case is scheduled for Oct. 16, but Milano's presence won't be required and the judge did not put any travel restrictions in place on the pair, so the 23-year-old winger will be able to attend training camp with the Jackets. Milano managed only one goal in eight games last season for Columbus but was much more productive for AHL Cleveland, scoring 11 goals and 24 points in 27 games before potting two goals and 10 points in eight playoff contests for the Monsters.
Milano accepted the Blue Jackets' qualifying offer for the 2019-20 campaign Monday.
The Blue Jackets' offer was for a one-year, two-way deal that will pay Milano $874,125 at the NHL level this season. The 2014 first-round pick hasn't lived up to expectations since making his NHL debut in 2015-16, totaling 15 goals and 24 points in 70 appearances with Columbus. To make matters worse, the 23-year-old was recently arrested for his involvement in a brawl that stemmed from a dispute over a Manhattan nightclub bill, although it remains to be seen if he'll be punished by the league over that matter. Either way, Milano will likely spend the majority of the 2019-20 campaign in the minors, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to keep tabs on his status.
Milano was arrested along with Avalanche forward A.J. Greer early Sunday morning for their role in a brawl over a Manhattan nightclub bill, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports.
Reports say that Milano and Greer were inside an apartment on W. Houston Street near Sullivan Street in Greenwich Village at about 6:30 a.m. when they got into an alleged fight with a 28-year-old man. The dispute turned physical, and the two players allegedly assaulted the man, sources said. According to reports, the two are being charged with assault.
Milano has received a qualifying offer from the Blue Jackets, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Milano scored 14 goals over 55 games for Columbus in 2018-19 but couldn't carve out a role with the big club last season, finishing with just one point in eight games. This will likely be a make-or-break year for the 2014 first-rounder, as Columbus' notable free agent departures among the forward ranks should clear out plenty of minutes.
Milano was reassigned to AHL Cleveland on Saturday, Dave Maetzold of 610 WTVN reports.
Milano heads back to the AHL following news that Brandon Dubinsky (oblique) will return to action for Saturday night's road contest against the Kings. It's been a trying year for Milano, as he's only averaged 8:19 of ice time and a single goal represents his point total over eight NHL games this season. He should benefit from increased rink run at the lower level, though.
Milano has been held without a point through the season's first five games.
Surprisingly, Milano has only averaged 7:39 of ice time over that span, so it's not like he's been given much of a chance to shine. Considering the fourth-year winger is stuck behind three established offensive producers in Artemi Panarin, Nick Foligno and Boone Jenner on the Columbus depth chart, it will probably take an injury up front for Milano to see increased playing time. After Milano dropped 14 goals (20.3 shooting percentage) and 22 points over 55 games for the Blue Jackets last season, we thought he'd see more playing time out of the gate.
Milano did not play in Tuesday's 4-2 road win over the Sabres. He isn't injured, but Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella wanted to give some of the bubble players an extended look, as suggested by Adam Jardy of The Columbus Dispatch.
According to Jardy, the Blue Jackets are using the final week of the preseason to divvy up the roster into two groups: one consisting of NHL-ready players with the other comprised of roster hopefuls. At least for practice, Milano was listed in the former group, flanking Riley Nash and lining up opposite Anthony Duclair. This isn't necessarily how the roster will be constructed for the upcoming season, but it's clear that Milano will start out at the top level in 2018-19. He scored 14 goals on an otherworldly 20.3 shooting percentage to complement eight assists over 55 games last season.
Milano will represent Team USA at the IIHF Championship, which runs from May 4-20, USA Hockey reports.
Milano was spectacular as a rookie for the Blue Jackets this season, as he recorded 14 goals on 69 shots for a jaw-dropping 20.3 shooting percentage over 55 games. The 21-year-old winger tacked on only eight assists, but it's worth noting that he still made the most out of averaging a mere 11:39 of ice time. Showcasing his skills on the international stage should be a boon to his development, so look for Milano as a late-round sleeper in fantasy drafts this fall.
Milano scored a goal on two shots during Tuesday's victory over Detroit.
Milano's goal was part of a huge comeback by the Jackets that saw them score four unanswered goals to erase a 4-1 deficit. Now having scored 14 times in 53 games, Milano is scoring at a full-season 20-goal pace, something that has to make both Jackets fans and fantasy owners happy. An incredibly gifted player offensively, Milano has the potential to be a scoring force in the NHL if given consistent opportunities in a team's top-six forward group.
Milano was recalled from AHL Cleveland on Monday.
Milano spent the last 10 days in the minors following his return from an oblique injury in what was essentially a conditioning assignment. With the 23-man roster limit lifted, the winger's promotion is unlikely to be the last call-up coming out of Columbus. Whether the New York native slots into the lineup remains to be seen, especially considering the possibility that the Jackets make additional moves to bolster their forward depth.
Milano (oblique) was activated from injured reserve and sent to AHL Cleveland on Friday, Steve Gorten of The Columbus Dispatch reports.
With a fully healthy four lines for the Blue Jackets, Milano's services aren't immediately needed. The 21-year-old winger has been efficient this season, scoring eight goals and adding five helpers while averaging 10:52 of ice time through 35 games. Expect Milano to be on queue for a recall if there are any injuries to the Blue Jackets' forwards.
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