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NHL Draft 2017: New York Islanders select Sebastian Aho with #139 overall pick

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The Swedish Aho, not the one with a strong rookie season for the Carolina Hurricanes.

Bronze Medal - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship
The defensive Aho.
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With the #139 overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, the Islanders selected Swedish defenseman Sebastian Aho. Aho is an overager who was eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft, but he went undrafted due to concerns about his size. Now 21, Aho is 5’10” and weighs in at 165 pounds. However, his play has continued to stand out for Skellefteå AIK in the SHL, as he put up 10 goals and 20 assists in 50 games with the Swedish club.

Sebastian Aho stats

Season Team League GP G A TP PIM
Season Team League 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
Sweden U16 (all) International-Jr 11 0 6 6 4
2012-2013 Skellefteå AIK J18 J18 Allsvenskan 2 0 2 2 0
Skellefteå AIK J20 SuperElit 38 1 11 12 14
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
Sweden U18 Hlinka Memorial 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
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
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
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 Skellefteå AIK SHL - - - - -
Elite Prospects

Fellow SB Nation site Eyes on the Prize has a write-up on why the Habs should select Aho to strengthen their defensive prospect pool, and it looks like the Isles will instead be the beneficiaries. While Aho’s major knock is obviously his size, he was 2nd in the SHL in goals for defensemen with 10, and has proven to be strong at driving play and moving the puck, something necessary in today’s NHL. At only 5’10”, he may struggle in the NHL, but there’s a high reward should Aho succeed.

At 21, he’s also further along in his development, and may be able to make an impact sooner rather than later with the Islanders.

This story is developing.