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Fantasy Summary

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


Observations

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July 2022 – Aho signed a two-year extension with an annual cap hit of $825,000. The 26-year-old will be a UFA when it expires. Mark Allan

June 2022 – Aho is at a crossroads with the Islanders. He has played all his games the past two pandemic-affected seasons in the NHL. After just three appearances in 2020-21 (two points), he had two goals and 10 assists in 36 skates with the big club this season. He played a respectable average of 16:27 per game, and got his best exposure yet to the big time. The Isles risk losing the 26-year-old Group 6 UFA. Mark Allan

March 2022 – The mobile 26-year-old Swede is using the experience gained in 156 AHL games to help him after injuries created an opening on the big club. After getting steady third-pairing icetime, Aho recently had five straight outings with an assist and six in his past seven games. Overall, he’s got eight helpers in 23 appearances, one game more than his previous NHL high in 2017-18. The impending RFA’s elevated hockey IQ will help him to gain the trust of head coach Barry Trotz, although it’s unclear how much NHL playing time he’ll get going forward. Mark Allan

July 2021 – Aho’s stats last season showed promise albeit in a miniscule sample size. After missing all AHL action with an undisclosed problem on IR, Aho had a goal and an assist in three NHL outings. However, he was a healthy scratch for more than 20 games, and his season was essentially a washout. The 25-year-old, who will be an RFA after this campaign, is buried in the organization. He should get extensive AHL ice time. Mark Allan

January 2021 – Aho is starting the season on the injured-reserve list with an undisclosed problem. Barring injuries to other Islanders’ blueliners, he wasn’t likely to get many NHL minutes anyway.  Mark Allan

January 2021 – Of the eight defensemen on the Islanders’ season-opening roster, Aho is tied with Thomas Hickey for seventh. They both played exclusively with Bridgeport in 2019-20 but, with the AHL not scheduled to launch its campaign until Feb. 5, both are with the NHL team. They might both see the press box in the next three weeks or so. Mark Allan

October 2020 – After leading Bridgeport blueliners in points for a third consecutive season, the 24-year-old Swede signed a two-year extension. He earned the contract with the help of a three-goal, 27-assist campaign (leading all Sound Tigers’ defensemen in assists for the second straight time). Although Aho became the first Tiger to be named an AHL all-star for a third straight time, the former fifth-round draft pick hasn’t played in an NHL game since 22 appearances in 2017-18. The Islanders remain deep in NHL-calibre defenders, so Aho is expected to have a good shot at a fourth straight AHL all-star appearance. Mark Allan

July 2020 – Aho is one of 10 defensemen on the Islanders’ post-season roster, although he’ll need injuries to players higher on the depth chart to add to the 22 games on his NHL resumé. Mark Allan

July 2020 – Aho finally got some on-ice work on the eighth day of the Islanders’ training camp at Northwell Health Ice Center in East Meadow, N.Y. In a normal season, he’d be in the AHL, but this is one abnormal situation. Especially after his late start, the 5-11, 177-pound Swedish blueliner seems like a spare part. Mark Allan

July 2020 – Aho was not available for the third day of training camp. Group One blanked Group Two 2-0 in the first scrimmage of training camp. Mark Allan

May 2020 – When AHL play was suspended, the smallish and cerebral blueliner had three goals and 30 assists in 49 outings. In 156 AHL appearances spread over three seasons, the clever Swede has 21 goals and 105 points. However, he hasn’t played in the big time since he had a goal and three helpers in 22 games for the Islanders in 2017-18. Not to be confused with Carolina’s star center of the same name, Aho is 24 and needs a new contract to replace his expired entry-level deal ($925,000 AAV). Currently a handy depth player in the system, the RFA will likely have to settle for a bridge contract that might pay him less in the minors. Mark Allan

February 2020 – Not as talented, big or touted as fellow blueliner Noah Dobson, the Swede is older (24) and more reliable. Yet, he’s not in the Islanders’ lineup these days either. The trade acquisition of Andy Greene has shoved Aho further down the organizational depth chart. Although he’s totaled 71 points in 107 AHL games in the past two seasons due to his tremendous hockey sense, the 5-10, 176-pounder hasn’t appeared in an NHL uniform since 2017-18. An RFA once the current campaign ends, Aho will likely get another lowball contract offer from the Isles, especially if they don’t keep the 37-year-old Greene. Mark Allan

January 2020 – Sebastian Aho has been called up to play for the New York Islanders. He’s been playing good on a bad AHL team in the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He currently leads the team in points with 20 (2G-18A) through 34 games. This is the first time he’ll be in an Islanders uniform since the 2017-18 season. Naftali Clinton

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

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.0
NHL Certainty 7.5
Country SWE
Position D
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth February 17, 1996
Height 5‘11”
Weight 183 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 5; Overall: 139

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2009-2010 IF Björklöven U16U16 SM5 0 33 2|        
 2010-2011 VästerbottenTV-Pucken8 1 34 6|        
  IF Björklöven U16U16 SM3 0 33 4|        
  IF Björklöven J18J18 Region20 3 69 12|