#11 – Sebastian Aho, RW – Karpat, SM-liiga

Central Scouting – #18 ES
ISS – #61
Craig Button – #50
McKeens – #56

NHL COMPARABLE: Jaden Schwartz

UPSIDE: Top 6 Offensive Forward

I had no idea what to expect when I first saw this guy play but it’s pretty hard not to like the way this kid plays the game. Hard worker, excellent skater, very good at reading plays, probably an underrated playmaker as well. What I like most about his game is his vision. He has the ability to find seams and get players the puck on their stick unlike very few in this draft. I have him ranked higher than most because he shows flashes of what he’s capable of doing while playing against tough competition. He’s going to need to get stronger to make an impact but If he continues to develop and gain confidence, he’s going to be a one hell of a player. He’s very underrated in my opinion. My comparable for Aho is Jaden Schwartz, a player by the way, who was ranked as an early 2nd round pick by most in 2010. Shrewd talent evaluator Jarmo Kekäläinen thought enough of Schwartz to select him 14th overall (I had Schwartz 15th in 2010) so before you scoff at this ranking, let that sink in. I don’t expect a team to use a 1st round pick on him but watch out for Columbus in the early second round (#34 or #38), I wouldn’t be surprised if Jarmo jumped on him then.


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