Next time, give Sonny Milano something more fragile to keep on his stick, like a Faberge egg.
The probable NHL first-round pick and graduate of the U.S. national team development program took time out from the NHL combine in Toronto this week to exhibit some sleight-of-hand that would shame many a bona fide illusionist. Keeping control of the puck while passing the stick through his legs? Catching the puck on the handle? It's all there.
Milano is ranked No. 16 among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting Service, although that may undersell how early his name will be called on June 27 in Philadelphia. The Boston College recruit, after all, had one of the top-10 offensive seasons in the U.S. under-18 team's history, posting 85 points over 58 games while flanking Jack Eichel, the top American prospect for the 2015 NHL draft. That put Milano high on the all-time list alongside the likes of "NHLers Patrick Kane, Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk and Colin Wilson, to include a few." Milano is projected as a potential first- or second-line left wing at the NHL level; with hands such as those, it's not hard to see why.
Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.