The New York Islanders announced on Wednesday that they have agreed to terms with 2017 fifth round draft pick Sebastian Aho on a three-year, entry-level contract.
The team sent out the following press release regarding the signing of the Swedish defenseman.
BROOKLYN (July 5, 2017) – The New York Islanders announced today defenseman Sebastian Aho has agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level deal.
Aho, 21, posted career highs in goals (10), assists (20), points (30) and games played (50) with Skellefteå AIK of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) last season. He added two assists in seven playoff games, helping Skellefteå win SHL silver medal honors.
A native of Umeå, Sweden, Aho scored a total of 60 points (15 goals, 45 assists) and a plus-8 rating in 152 career SHL games. He also played 49 career playoff games and helped Skellefteå win the SHL championship in 2013-14.
The Islanders drafted the 5’10, 176-pound defenseman in the fifth round (139th overall) of the 2017 National Hockey League Draft.
On the international stage, Aho represented Sweden at the 2015 Under-20 World Junior Championships, as well as the 2014 Under-18 World Junior Championships, in which he was named a top three player on the team.
(Courtesy of the New York Islanders)
Sebastian Aho is a mobile, puck-moving defenseman. Though he is only 5’10”, he has great hockey sense and knows how to quickly get the puck out of the zone. The 21-year old will more likely than not begin the season in Bridgeport with the Sound Tigers.
Pending a trade or release through waivers, Calvin de Haan, if signed, will be the sixth defenseman for the Islanders. He filed for arbitration by the July 5, 2017, 5pm deadline. Of course, the parties may continue negotiations and come to an agreement before the set hearing date (TBD).
Adam Pelech, is the only other defenseman yet to ink a deal with the Isles. Forward Connor Jones, and goaltenders Christopher Gibson and Kristers Gudlevskis also remain without a contract thus far. Jones and Gudlevskis were arbitration-eligible, but did not exercise their rights to file for arbitration.
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