Sebastian Aho

Darren Walker

Aho plays a game centered around his immense hockey sense and vision. He is definitely undersized, hence the reason the talented puck-mover has been passed over twice already. But he is very quick and mobile. Aho has quick, powerful feet that he uses to escape pressure and turn up ice with the puck. He moves smoothly and crisply, and is able to carry the puck out of danger. He handles the puck well with a soft pair of hands and the ability to protect the puck from pressure. Aho sees the ice very well and is an effective puck mover from his own end and from the point. He can work a power play effectively and looks comfortable distributing the puck from the point. He also has a hard, accurate point shot. He uses an active defensive stick, and is poised in his own end. He isn’t perfect defensively, and needs to add some size and strength to be more effective in his zone, especially on the walls. Aho makes smart plays using positioning and a quick stick to get the puck out of the D-zone. We’ll see if he gets passed over in another draft. A bit undersized, he’s a smart and mobile defender who can both pass and rush the puck. Aho has very good offensive instincts, but could use his shot more often. He was one of the best defensemen in the SHL playoffs, and played like a hurricane in the last part of the season. We’re still surprised no team has taken a chance on him because he offers huge upside.   (May 2016)