Incoming Eagles Go in First Round of NHL Draft
June 27, 2014
PHILADELPHIA – Two incoming Boston College hockey freshmen – forwards Alex Tuch and Sonny Milano – were selected in the first round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft at the Wells Fargo Center.
This marks the fourth time in program history the Eagles have had two first-round selections in the same draft year.
The last time the Eagles had two first-round picks in the NHL Draft is when Brian Boyle (LA Kings) and Patrick Eaves (Ottawa) were selected in 2003. It also occurred in 2000 (Brooks Orpik – Pittsburgh and Krys Kolanos – Phoenix) and 1986 (Craig Janney – Boston and Brian Leetch – NY Rangers).
Boston College was the only college program to have two first-round picks selected in this year's draft. Michigan and North Dakota also had one.
Milano, a 6-foot-0, 183-pound forward, was selected 16th overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets while former teammate and incoming classmate Tuch was drafted 18th overall by the Minnesota Wild.
Since 1970, Boston College has had 123 Eagles drafted by an NHL club and 16 first rounders total, including Milano and Tuch. Under the direction of head coach Jerry York, BC has offered 13 first-round draft picks.
Milano and Tuch both hail from the U.S. National Under-18 Team and were huge contributors in 2013-14.
Milano lead the U-18 team with 39 points in just 25 games played and posted the second-best plus/minus rating of +21. The Massapequa, N.Y., native tied for fourth on the club with 14 goals and tied for second, registering 25 assists. Before Friday night’s draft, Milano was ranked 16th, overall, in the International Scouting Service final rankings.
Tuch finished fourth on the team with 32 points in 26 games played with a +18 rating. The Baldwinsville, N.Y., native finished tied for first on the team with six power play goals. Team USA was 8-1-0 in games that Tuch scored in.
The 6-foot-3, 216-pound forward was also a co-recipient of the 2013-14 USHL Scholar-Athlete Award. The USHL Scholar-Athlete Award recognizes players for both their success in the classroom and on the ice. Candidates are nominated by their coaches, teachers, and academic counselors based on their grade-point-average, coursework, and overall school participation.
Each will enroll at Boston College in September 2013 and be eligible to play in the 2013-14 season.
Milano joins former Eagle Cam Atkinson in Columbus. Atkinson was drafted in the sixth round in 2008. Tuch will skate alongside fellow Minnesota draft pick, Adam Gilmour. Gilmour was selected in the fourth round of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.
Along with the selections of Milano and Tuch, the Eagles will tout eight NHL draft picks, including three first-round picks (Michael Matheson – Florida).
Boston College NHL Draft picks for 2014-15
Chris Calnan (Chicago | 3rd round | 2012)
Boston College first-round draft picks all-time
Craig Janney (Boston – 1986)