|2014 Development Camp|
But Boston College has a very competitive NCAA program. and Sonny will face seniors in the games he plays. And, as a rather slight individual. the ability to firm up his physique will help him in a quest to reach the NHL. Here's the thing though....
Say Sonny goes to Canadian Major Junior (OHL), and he tears it up, just like all us #CBJ fans want. Guess what? He has a choice, make the NHL, or stay in Juniors. Say Sonny goes to the NCAA, and tears it up, just like all us #CBJ fans want. Maybe leads his conference in scoring, or something like that, or wins a Hobie Baker award as the best player in NCAA hockey as a freshman. Unlikely, true, but it's what we hope for as #CBJ fans! What then? Well, from the amateur ranks, he can turn pro, and play in the AHL OR the NHL. Keeping in mind that moving from a freshman kicking butt in the NCAA to the AHL is a logical development step, whereas if he is in Juniors he MUST go to the NHL, or he MUST be in Juniors. The NCAA route at this point for a player like Sonny Milano gives the most options.
|Mike Reilly, 2014 Development Camp. Can you say raw|
speed? Sure you can!
The NCAA track provides the most flexibility for when to turn pro. Look at Mike Reilly. If he was forced to turn pro this year he might not be ready. On the other hand, he has a really decent chance of winning the Hobie Baker as a Senior at Minnesota, but as a defenseman. It is common for defensemen to take a longer period to fully adjust to NHL hockey, whereas that jump is often easier for forwards. He will likely start in the AHL following his college career, which is a logical development step for him. If he can kick the door down from Springfield, he is ready for the NHL. But it is a wise choice for him to play his senior year at Minnesota, and compete for that Hobie Baker award.
Maybe it only takes Sonny 2 years to jump to the AHL. The college route gives him the most flexibility as to when to turn pro. Going to Boston College is a wise decision Sonny! I'm looking forward to enjoying watching your collegiate career.
By the way, while I'm pontificating <purrr, it makes you feel good!> I noticed the Blue Jackets giving Cannonfest a plug on the website, which is really well done. Wait! Did I not shout this at you?
Cannonfest V!!! (why is this in a small font?? It's huge on the editor!! But you get the idea!)
Sunday, August 31st, 1-4 pm
400 West Rich Street
Seriously, this is looking like a crazy good time, at a really exciting venue. Now if only I could pressure my season ticket rep to ensure a player was there. Hmmm. Must diabolically plot.....