The New York Islanders sent Sebastian Aho to represent the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for the AHL All-Star Game and the skills competition.
Sebastian Aho has been getting the Otto Koivula treatment from the New York Islanders lately. The Koivula treatment is the seemingly never-ending trips up and down from Bridgeport to the Island.
The most recent one was sending Aho back to the AHL because the Islanders have an extended break. He represented the Sound Tigers in the All-Star Game.
In 38 games with Bridgeport this year, he has 22 points (2 goals, 20 assists). He’s been the best defenseman when down in the AHL and when he’s been up with the Isles he’s served as the seventh d-man.
Aho is someone who had a small sample size at the NHL level in 2017-2018, who actually looked pretty solid and then followed it up with a year and a half of good production in the AHL. He should be able to hold down that role as the seventh defenseman but don’t be surprised if they bring in a veteran.
Lou Lamoriello has shown in the past that he doesn’t trust youth in big spots so don’t be shocked if a Luca Sbisa Light comes in on a PTO sometime soon.
For now, Aho has served that role just fine as he’s seemed to outgrow the AHL level but on this team, he doesn’t have a starting spot in the top-six.
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