Sebastian Aho

by michaelfarkas on January 10, 2018

 

Sebastian Aho - Photo courtest of svt.se

 

Sebastian Aho, LD

Shoots: L

Height: 5-10

Weight: 170

Born: 1996-02-17

Hometown: Umeå, SWE

Drafted: 139th oerall (5th round) 2017 by NYI

 

Observations:

January 2018 – Aho was recalled to the big club for the first time on New Year’s Eve 2017 vs. Colorado. The talented Swedish defenseman had a goal and an assist (both career firsts) in a come-from-behind victory against New Jersey on January 7th. Aho has a future in this league for sure, despite being a dash-2 in each of his first three NHL games. Given some of the lackluster talent that on the Isles blueline – Adam Pelech and Scott Mayfield to name names – Aho could certainly remain in the NHL lineup if Coach Doug Weight sees fit.  Michael Farkas

 

November 2017 – Sebastian Aho had an impressive training camp and was a standout in the lead up to the regular season. It is best for his long-term development that he start in the AHL, though he is not far off being NHL caliber. Aho has already netted a hat trick this season, as part of a seven-goal, 12-point start to his season (17 games). Aho leads all AHL defensemen in goals at the season’s quarter pole. Despite being passed over several times and only being a 5th round pick in 2017, Aho is quite a talent. He came over to North America with over 200 games of SHL experience as well, which makes his transition to this level of competition all the smoother. Aho can one-time pucks, he can carry it across lines, he can make high-end outlet passes and he can quarterback the power play with aplomb. Defensively, he depends on his quickness, guile and stick work as he is not physical by any means. He still needs to iron out some things on the back end, but it’s an experience issue not a hockey sense issue, which makes it imminently fixable. Michael Farkas

 

June 2014 - Surprisingly, Sebastian Aho was not selected at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft but the undersized two-way defenseman will be eligible at the 2015 draft. Brendan Ross

 

May 2014 – Skating at a minute 5-foot-8, smooth skating Swedish defenseman Sebastian Aho is well below average in terms of height. Despite his deficiency in stature, Aho’s ability to dominate possession using superb skating abilities and confident puck skills is very high end. He is a strong defender who can battle against the biggest of competitors using ideal positioning to gain an advantage. With nothing one can do about his size, scouts need to focus on the positives and Aho’s skill and leadership abilities are admirable qualities. He has represented his Swedish roots on several occasions with good success and wore a letter on his jersey. Brendan Ross

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: B

A smaller defenseman, but a terrific skater with great hockey sense, a #1 defenseman in the AHL as a rookie. Upside to be top-four NHL defenseman and power play quarterback.

 

 

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