Sebastian Aho is a 19-year-old rookie playing for the Carolina Hurricanes this year in the NHL. He is a bit smaller than your average hockey player at 5’11” and only 172 pounds. His nationality is Finnish. He was rated in the top 20 European forwards that were eligible for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. He was drafted in the second round, 35th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes.
He signed his Entry level contract with the hurricanes on June 13th, 2016. He made his NHL Debut this season on October 13th, 2016. Aho scored his first hat trick int he NHL in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers on January 31, 2017. In doing so he also became the youngest player in the Carolina Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers franchise history to score a hat-trick. So far on the season, Aho has scored 20 goals and 19 assists for a total of 39 points in 68 games played.
Here is The Hockey News forecast for Sebastian Aho
|His playmaking stands out on the ice. Has plenty of offensive acumen and good skating ability. Plays with energy and is usually rather noticeable when on the ice. Owns a lot of flair, but is also productive.|
|Lacks ideal size (5-11, 172 pounds) for the National Hockey League game, so he must prove he can handle playing his offensive style in smaller ice surfaces in North America. Needs some work defensively.|
|Skilled, talented playmaker with good upside.|
Here is Hockeys Future Talent Analysis of Aho
An excellent skilled player, Aho has been a solid contributor in FInland’s top league. Aho is undersized (5’11, 172 pounds) compared to Carolina’s other recent draft picks, but he makes up for it with above-average hockey sense — specifically in the offensive zone — and creativity with the puck.
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Do you think this young rookie has what it takes to develop into a star in the NHL in a few seasons? Do you think he will be a top line franchise level talent, or will he be a solid top 6 option? Will he fall off and not even crack the top 6? Will he be sent back to the AHL and never get another shot at the NHL?
Let us know in the comments below what you think! My Prediction is that he fits somewhere between the franchise level talent on the top line and the solid top 6 player. I see a lot of good things from his game and how it looks like he could develop further in the future.
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