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New York Islanders: Top 25 Under 25 2019-2020 Edition

TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 29: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders waits for a faceoff against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on December 29, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Islanders defeated the Maple Leafs 4-0.(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 29: Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders waits for a faceoff against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on December 29, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Islanders defeated the Maple Leafs 4-0.(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 22: Sebastian Aho #28 of the New York Islanders skates with the puck during the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on January 22, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Islanders 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Number 13: Sebastian Aho (Defense) | Age: 23

Bridgeport Sound Tigers: 9G, 37A, 46PTS

The New York Islanders 139th overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft is ready. We’ve already seen Sebastian Aho at the NHL level just two seasons ago. In 22 games with the Islanders in 2017-18, he scored four points. He looked like he fit in the NHL.

It took him a game or two but by the end of his 22 game stint, we all saw how intelligent he was out on the ice. He made smart decisions with the puck in the defensive zone and easily matched the pace and intensity of the NHL.

But to the AHL he went in 2018-19, and boy did he have a good season. With 46 points, Sebastian Aho finished tied for second on the team in scoring. Only Chris Bourque had more points with 54.

Again, Sebastian Aho is ready for the NHL. But with a log jam of talent on the Islanders blue line, it’s tough to see him make the team this season.

He’s going to do his best to break into the NHL this season which should make things interesting at training camp. Not only will Noah Dobson have to compete against established NHL veterans but hungry guys like Sebastian Aho who’ve already proven what they can do at the AHL level.

If Noah Dobson has a chance to make the NHL this season, then so does Sebastian Aho.

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