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New York Islanders Daily: Sending Down Sebastian Aho Makes No Sense

By Matt O'Leary
GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 22: Sebastian Aho
GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 22: Sebastian Aho /

The New York Islanders sent Sebastian Aho down to the AHL. This move makes no sense for the Islanders future.

Yesterday the New York Islanders made a roster move that was a real head-scratcher. They sent down Sebastian Aho for the Islanders’ last nine games, instead of playing him in the lineup the rest of the way.

Why? Does playing Thomas Hickey and/or Dennis Seidenberg benefit you in any way, shape or form. Both guys aren’t going to be on the team next year, and it’s not like the Islanders are fighting for a playoff spot.

If the Islanders were in it, and they wanted to play the veterans that’s one thing. When you’re out of it, it makes no logical sense at all.

Aho is 22 and trying to learn the game at the NHL level. So in order for him to learn, he gets banished back to Bridgeport? As I’ve stated with Josh Ho-Sang this year, the only way you get better at the NHL level is by playing at the NHL level.

Aho’s 22 games in the NHL weren’t great. He had four points (one goal, three assists) and a 47.2 CF%. He already had 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists) in 30 games with Bridgeport. What good is it going to do playing him down the stretch there?

None. Absolutely none. This frustrating season really can’t end soon enough.

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