Sebastian Aho, of the Carolina Hurricanes, needs just one more goal to eclipse his total from his rookie season which would put him at 25 in 2017-18.
Possibly the best player for the Carolina Hurricanes this season is just in his second full season in the NHL. Rising star left winger Sebastian Aho notched his 24th goal of the season in a March 8 road win for the Canes over the Chicago Blackhawks. That marker for Aho was also his team leading fourth game-winning goal of the season.
The only player for the Canes that has more points than Aho is his line mate, and right winger, Teuvo Teravainen. However, Teravainen is just one point ahead of Aho. With 24 goals and 52 points on the season, Aho has already way surpassed his point total from his rookie campaign.
Behind Aho and Tervainen, the next leading scorer for the Canes is a decent ways back. Justin Williams has 44 points on the season, at least eight points back from both players. That means a good bulk of the scoring responsibility falls just on the shoulders of them two.
This season, Aho is scoring at a rate of .81 points per game. Last season, he was scoring at a rate of roughly .6 points per game. That’s a huge difference between just two seasons in the NHL. And, it’s not like the supporting cast has changed too much around Aho.
Head coach Bill Peters might have really stumbled upon something great with the first forward line combination of Aho, Teravainen, and co-captain center Jordan Staal. At times, they’ve been mentioned among the top forward lines in the Eastern Conference.
If Staal can pick up his scoring pace in the final games of the regular season, the Canes do still have a great shot at the playoffs. However, Aho and Teravainen need a top flight center to round out an insane level of chemistry on the ice.
The ceiling for Aho, and Teravainen for that matter, is very high. Each player has recorded a career mark in points by a significant margin. You can see the skill level on display night in and night out. It’s a combination that the Canes should try to keep together for a long time in Raleigh.