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New York Islanders Five Players That Should Stand Out At Mini-Camp

UNIONDALE, NY - JULY 13: (L-R) Max Capuano #6 of the New York Islanders battles for the puck with Johan Sundstrom #28 at the prospects evaluation camp at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on July 13, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NY - JULY 13: (L-R) Max Capuano #6 of the New York Islanders battles for the puck with Johan Sundstrom #28 at the prospects evaluation camp at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on July 13, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 07: Sebastian Aho #28 of the New York Islanders (l) celebrates his first NHL goal on the powerplay at 7:28 of the third period against the New Jersey Devils and is joined by Mathew Barzal #13 (l) at the Barclays Center on January 7, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

Sebastian Aho

Both Thomas Hickey and Calvin de Haan are likely on the way out as unrestricted free agents. Add Brandon Davidson to the list of players departing and there will be gaps in the New York Islanders defense going into the 2018-19 season.

The fifth-round pick from 2017 played 22 games with the Islanders last season. It’s not often that a defender plays in the NHL the season after being drafted. Rarer are the ones that do so after being selected in the fifth round.

Sure, Aho made the roster thanks to a number of injuries on the Isles blue line, but Aho still needed to impress management enough to merit the call-up from the AHL. With 29 points in 40 games, it was fair to say the 5’10” 170lbs defender impressed.

Aho was shaky for the first few games in the NHL, but he quickly found his feet. He was one of the few defensive bright spots for the worst defensive team in the NHL last season.

Aho will look to build on that 2017-18 season. He won’t make it into the Isles top four, but he’ll fight for a spot on the Islanders bottom pair. It won’t be easy for the Swede.

Devon Toews, Scott Mayfield, and Adam Pelech will stand in Aho’s way. To stand out he’ll need to take every opportunity that’s presented to him. Such as Isles Mini-Camp.

Stand out at camp and Aho will show he’s worth a shot. It won’t immediately vault him up the Isles depth chart. But it will serve as a reminder to management that Aho should not be forgotten when drawing up the active roster for 2018-19.

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