Blue Jackets Recall Forwards Hannikainen, Milano from Monsters
2016 Calder Cup Champions depart Cleveland for NHL ranks.
The Cleveland Monsters, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, announced Monday that the Blue Jackets recalled forwards Markus Hannikainen and Sonny Milano from the Monsters. In 29 appearances for Columbus this season, Hannikainen notched 2-2-4 with six penalty minutes and a -1 rating and added 0-3-3 with a +1 rating in eight appearances for the Monsters. In 35 appearances for the Blue Jackets this season, Milano posted 8-5-13 with six penalty minutes and a -2 rating and added 2-3-5 with four penalty minutes and a -4 rating in nine appearances for Cleveland this year.
In 43 career NHL appearances for the Blue Jackets spanning three seasons from 2015-18, Hannikainen supplied 3-3-6 with 12 penalty minutes and a -3 rating. In 115 career AHL appearances, all for the Monsters, spanning three seasons from 2015-18, Hannikainen logged 26-34-60 with 42 penalty minutes and a +13 rating and notched 3-7-10 with two penalty minutes and a +12 rating in 16 appearances in the 2016 AHL Playoffs, helping the Monsters claim the 2016 Calder Cup Championship. In 117 career Liiga appearances for Jokerit, HPK, and JYP spanning parts of four seasons from 2011-15, Hannikainen tallied 22-31-53 with 67 penalty minutes and a +26 rating and represented Finland in the 2012 and 2013 IIHF U20 World Junior Championships, and the 2017 IIHF World Championships.
A 6’0”, 195 lb., left-handed native of Massapequa, NY, Milano, 21, was originally selected by Columbus in the first round (16th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and contributed 8-6-14 with six penalty minutes and a -4 rating in 42 career NHL appearances, all for the Blue Jackets, spanning parts of the past three seasons. In 136 AHL appearances for the Springfield Falcons and the Monsters spanning four seasons from 2014-18, Milano supplied 34-54-88 with 50 penalty minutes and a -4 rating and notched 4-4-8 with four penalty minutes and a +6 rating in 17 postseason appearances for the Monsters in 2016, helping the team claim the Calder Cup as AHL Playoff Champions. This season, Milano registered 5-5-10 with four penalty minutes and a +1 rating in 25 appearances for the Blue Jackets and added 0-2-2 with a -3 rating in four appearances for the Monsters.
Prior to his professional career, Milano posted 22-46-68 with 24 penalty minutes and a -17 rating in 50 OHL appearances for the Plymouth Whalers during the 2014-15 season and accumulated 24-37-61 with 33 penalty minutes and a -6 rating in 63 USHL appearances for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program spanning parts of two seasons from 2012-14. Milano additionally represented Team USA in the 2015 and 2016 IIHF U20 World Junior Championships, helping the Americans claim the tournament’s Bronze Medal in 2016.
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