Sebastian Aho

New York Islanders
Photo courtesy of NHL.com

Fantasy Summary

A smaller defenseman, but a terrific skater with great hockey sense. Upside to be top-four NHL defenseman and power play quarterback.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 6.5
Country SWE
Position D
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth February 17, 1996
Height 5‘10”
Weight 170 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 5; Overall: 139

Observations

March 2019 – Aho split time last season between the NHL and AHL, however, he has been kept in Bridgeport this season to get a full year of seasoning. After being involved in trade rumors leading up to the deadline, the Islanders elected to hold on to their defenseman. They hope that his offensive growth in the AHL this season will soon carry over to the NHL and give them a mobile offensive defenseman that is so valued in the league today. He is worth picking up in your dynasty leagues in preparation for his eventual role as a power play quarterback. Nate Duffett

January 2018 – Aho was recalled to the big club for the first time on New Year’s Eve 2017 vs. Colorado. The talented Swedish defenseman had a goal and an assist (both career firsts) in a come-from-behind victory against New Jersey on January 7th. Aho has a future in this league for sure, despite being a dash-2 in each of his first three NHL games. Given some of the lackluster talent that on the Isles blueline – Adam Pelech and Scott Mayfield to name names – Aho could certainly remain in the NHL lineup if Coach Doug Weight sees fit.  Michael Farkas

November 2017 – Sebastian Aho had an impressive training camp and was a standout in the lead up to the regular season. It is best for his long-term development that he start in the AHL, though he is not far off being NHL caliber. Aho has already netted a hat trick this season, as part of a seven-goal, 12-point start to his season (17 games). Aho leads all AHL defensemen in goals at the season’s quarter pole. Despite being passed over several times and only being a 5th round pick in 2017, Aho is quite a talent. He came over to North America with over 200 games of SHL experience as well, which makes his transition to this level of competition all the smoother. Aho can one-time pucks, he can carry it across lines, he can make high-end outlet passes and he can quarterback the power play with aplomb. Defensively, he depends on his quickness, guile and stick work as he is not physical by any means. He still needs to iron out some things on the back end, but it’s an experience issue not a hockey sense issue, which makes it imminently fixable. Michael Farkas

June 2014 – Surprisingly, Sebastian Aho was not selected at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft but the undersized two-way defenseman will be eligible at the 2015 draft. Brendan Ross

May 2014 – Skating at a minute 5-foot-8, smooth skating Swedish defenseman Sebastian Aho is well below average in terms of height. Despite his deficiency in stature, Aho’s ability to dominate possession using superb skating abilities and confident puck skills is very high end. He is a strong defender who can battle against the biggest of competitors using ideal positioning to gain an advantage. With nothing one can do about his size, scouts need to focus on the positives and Aho’s skill and leadership abilities are admirable qualities. He has represented his Swedish roots on several occasions with good success and wore a letter on his jersey. Brendan Ross


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2009-2010 IF Björklöven U16 U16 SM 5 0 3 3 2 |          
 2010-2011 Västerbotten TV-Pucken 8 1 3 4 6 |          
  IF Björklöven U16 U16 SM 3 0 3 3 4 |          
  IF Björklöven J18 J18 Elit 20 3 6 9 12 |          
  IF Björklöven J18 J18 Allsvenskan 7 0 0 0 4 |          
 2011-2012 Västerbotten TV-Pucken 8 3 8 11 4 |          
  Skellefteå AIK J18 J18 Elit 16 1 12 13 2 |          
  Skellefteå AIK J18 J18 Allsvenskan 17 3 2 5 10 | Playoffs 7 0 2 2
  Sweden U16 (all) International-Jr 11 0 6 6 4 |          
 2012-2013 Skellefteå AIK J18 J18 Allsvenskan 2 0 2 2 0 | Playoffs 3 0 1 1
  Skellefteå AIK J20 SuperElit 38 1 11 12 14 | Playoffs 4 0 0 0
  Skellefteå AIK SHL 1 0 0 0 0 |          
  Sweden U17 WHC-17 6 0 4 4 14 |          
  Sweden U17 (all) International-Jr 8 2 5 7 4 |          
  Sweden U18 WJC-18 5 0 0 0 4 |          
  Sweden U18 (all) International-Jr 10 0 0 0 4 |          
 2013-2014 Skellefteå AIK J20 SuperElit 27 7 16 23 18 |          
  Skellefteå AIK SHL 21 1 4 5 2 | Playoffs 13 0 0 0
  Sweden U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 2 0 0 0 0 |          
  Sweden U18 WJC-18 4 2 0 2 8 |          
  Sweden U18 (all) International-Jr 15 4 6 10 16 |          
 2014-2015 Skellefteå AIK J20 SuperElit 4 0 2 2 4 |          
  Skellefteå AIK Champions HL 10 1 4 5 0 |          
  Skellefteå AIK SHL 41 1 8 9 14 | Playoffs 13 1 3 4
  Sweden U20 WJC-20 7 1 3 4 2 |          
  Sweden U20 (all) International-Jr 17 5 7 12 4 |          
 2015-2016 Skellefteå AIK SHL 39 3 13 16 12 | Playoffs 16 3 4 7
  Skellefteå AIK Champions HL 6 0 3 3 2 |          
  Sweden U20 (all) International-Jr 10 1 1 2 2 |          
 2016-2017 Skellefteå AIK SHL 50 10 20 30 10 | Playoffs 7 0 2 2
  Skellefteå AIK Champions HL 6 1 3 4 0 |          
  Sweden EHT 5 0 0 0 2 |          
  Sweden (all) International 12 1 0 1 8 |          
 2017-2018 New York Islanders NHL 22 1 3 4 6 |          
  Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 40 9 20 29 20 |          
 2018-2019 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 67 9 37 46 36 | Playoffs 5 0 2 2

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