Bolts Add a Prospect

(Norfolk Admirals press release) The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, signed defenseman Daniel Milan to a three-year, two-way contract today, Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced. Milan is currently attending the Lightning'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.

BP Notes: Lightning Head Coach Guy Boucher said last weekend that organizational depth was an issue when he joined Tampa Bay. When asked if there was a certain part of the farm that lacked more depth than others, he was quick to say defensemen.

Boucher craves defensemen that can retrieve the puck quickly in their own end and Milan has good quickness and smarts to his game.

He was originally expected to go the college route, but ended up in the QMJHL. He went undrafted in both 2010 and 2011.

Milan isn't the right handed puck moving defenseman that is sorely needed in the system (he's a lefty), but he's a solid depth signing who Tampa Bay thinks can improve.

Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said they would continue to look at rookie free agents to improve organizational depth and this, combined with the expected NHL contract signing of Cory Conacher, proves this. Last season they signed Charles Landry and Tyler Johnson as free agents. Landry was returned to juniors, as Milan is eligible to do.

2011 seventh round pick Ondrej Palat is also a candidate to be signed.