During training camp, it seemed uncertain whether Sonny Milano, 23, would make the Columbus Blue Jackets roster.
He has spent time in the American Hockey League in each of his four professional seasons. He’s out of options. He would have to clear waivers to be sent down.
But he won’t have trouble staying in the NHL if he continues to demonstrate the amazing skill he showed Wednesday night. He scored a spectacular between-the-legs goal on Ben Bishop that turned out to be the winner against the Dallas Stars.
“That’s the best shot that I thought I had, so I did it,” Milano said after the 3-2 win. “You’re not planning anything, you’re just trying to score.”
NBC analyst Jeremy Roenick tweeted out that the goal had his vote for “goal of the year.”
“Are you kidding me … that was so dirty,” Roenick said.
Retired Associated Press writer Rusty Miller called it “one of the most amazing goals in CBJ history” on Twitter. NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes had trouble duplicating it on stage, from a standstill, in the network’s wrap-up show.
It was Milano’s first goal and point of the season. He has played 74 NHL games since being drafted 16th overall in 2014.
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