The Tampa Bay Lightning signed defenseman Daniel Milan to a three-year, two-way contract today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced. Milan is currently attending the team’s training camp.
Milan, 6-foot-3, 194 pounds, skated in 68 games last season with the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, recording 14 goals and 38 points. He led all Moncton defensemen in goals and also ranked first among all QMJHL rookie defensemen in points. His eight power-play goals were good for fifth among all Wildcats skaters. In addition, Milan appeared in five QMJHL postseason games, registering a goal and an assist. Following the 2010-11 season, Milan was honored as Moncton’s Rookie of the Year after breaking the club’s scoring record for first-year defensemen.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Milan enjoyed a successful career in his home state before making his junior debut with Moncton in 2010-11. Serving as team captain in his senior season at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Prep, he notched five goals and 18 points in 31 games and received High School All-State honors, as well as Catholic League All-Conference recognition. As a result, Milan became the first player from the Michigan high school hockey system to make the jump directly to a Major Junior hockey league team.
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