The 26-year-old Finn leads the Hurricanes in goals (15), assists (28), points (43), power-play assists (14), power-play points (18), multi-assist games (7), and multi-point games (12). Aho ranks third among all Metropolitan Division skaters in scoring.
Here’s how impressive Aho has been this season: his 43 points in 35 games are the second-most by a Canes player since relocation in 1997.
Last week’s NHL First Star of the Week, Aho is on fire since mid-December.
Aho has three goals and 10 assists during his active five-game points streak and leads the Eastern Conference with seven goals and 14 assists since December 12.
Last week, Aho became the first player in team history and the first in 20 years in the NHL to register four-point games on consecutive days.
Aho’s offense put him on the All-Star team, but his complete game is why he is so important to Carolina.
Aho has logged over 63 minutes on the penalty kill this season, ranking 26th out of all NHL forwards. He has tallied a shorthanded goal and assisted on three shortys.
Here’s what head coach Rod Brind’Amour had to say about his selection, via the team:
He’s going [to All-Star Weekend] because he’s put up points, but what really should be known is how he does it. We ask him to kill penalties, we ask him to be on the power play, and he’s special in every area of the game. He puts up the points, but really his 200-foot game and his overall team game are why he should be going.
Captain Jordan Staal said this of Aho’s All-Star selection:
His competitiveness is right there with the elites. He’s got a great skill set, but it’s his mind [that makes him great]. He thinks the game quickly and he reads the game so well. He understands where the puck is going, and when he has it, he puts his skill and speed to use. He’s got all of it and that’s what makes him a great player.
Congratulations to Sebastian Aho on his third All-Star game appearance!