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New York Islanders: 5 Most Likely Pieces To Be Traded By The End Of June

By Matt O'Leary
BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 24: Toronto Maple Leafs Lou Lamoriello, Mark Hunter and Bob Pulford attend round one of the 2016 NHL Draft on June 24, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 24: Toronto Maple Leafs Lou Lamoriello, Mark Hunter and Bob Pulford attend round one of the 2016 NHL Draft on June 24, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 02: Sebastian Aho #28 of the New York Islanders skates against the Boston Bruins at the Barclays Center on January 2, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Bruins defeated the Islanders 5-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

Number 5: Sebastian Aho

The Islanders have a surplus of young defenseman. No seriously, even though defense is a desperate need the Islanders have Ryan Pulock, Devon Toews, Adam Pelech, Scott Mayfield, Mitch Vande Sompell, David Quennville, Parker Wotherspoon, and Robin Salo in the mix as young defensemen on top of Sebastian Aho.

Not all of these guys are going to turn into NHL defensemen, but they can be flipped for NHL caliber talent and I think Aho is a good candidate for that.

Aho was taken in the fifth round of the NHL Draft in 2017. He played in 22 games in the NHL the same year he was taken in the fifth round that’s pretty impressive. He played the third most games in the NHL out of everyone selected in last year’s draft. The only two that played more were Nico Hischier and Nolan Patrick who were taken first and second overall.

Aho, who had four points in the 22 games in the NHL and 29 in 40 games in the AHL is a prospect that has value. He likely won’t be the focal point of a trade but if he is a second or potentially third piece in a deal then it makes a lot of sense to move him.

Right now, I think Devon Toews is above him in the defenseman prospect pool so moving on from Aho, who would likely be either playing in the AHL or a healthy scratch at the NHL level is absolutely fine.

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