The New York Islanders drafted Sebastian Aho in the fifth round of the 2017 NHL Draft. Surprisingly, he made his NHL debut this year.
When you select someone in the fifth round of the NHL Draft you normally expect it to be a while before they make an impact on your NHL roster. That wasn’t the case for Sebastian Aho, he was the rare exception.
With the 139th pick in the draft, Sebastian Aho was drafted by the Islanders. Aho reported to the AHL to start off the season with the Sound Tigers.
In his first North American appearance, Aho thrived right away from the jump. In his first 40 games in the AHL Aho produced 29 points (9 goals, 20 assists). He was certainly ahead of schedule and thanks to an injury to Devon Toews, Sebastian Aho got his first taste of the AHL.
Aho showed flashes at the NHL level but he certainly wasn’t a help to the Islanders’ worst defense in the league. He finished the year with four points (one goal, three assists) in 22 games.
He averaged 16 minutes of ice time a game, which is definitely a plus for Aho who gained valuable experience. But, the Islanders should’ve been in a position for the playoffs rather than using a “bad year” as a time to get prospects ice time.
Expect Sebastian Aho to get much more playing time in 2017-2018 with Calvin de Haan and Thomas Hickey being UFA’s this summer Aho can likely be the sixth d-man on the team.
Aho’s a smaller defenseman at only five-foot-ten and 170 pounds but he has great mobility and good hockey sense. What a year it was for Aho, a fifth-round draft pick to playing in the NHL, 2017-2018 was a good year for Aho.