The player with the overall brightest future on the roster for the Canes should be Aho. A two-point effort for Aho, in the March 20 home loss to the Edmonton Oilers, put Aho in a tie with Teravianen for the team points lead. He’s got 26 goals and 59 points on the season.
Aho’s skating ability and natural nose for the net is likely to be what sets him apart as a star across the league. In just his second year in the league, Aho could rack up more than 110 points on his career. With the way Aho and Teravainen are playing recently, that could get even better.
Building the Canes up for the future starts with the featured duo of Aho and Teravainen. Those two forward are just too talented for the Canes to not build something special around them. Yet, that plan did not work out the way it was supposed to this season.
The first line trio of Jordan Staal, Aho, and Teravainen should be kept together entering the 2018-19 campaign. Those three players have the potential to eclipse the 180-point mark if everything goes well next season. We’ll see how Aho can develop specifically after a huge 2017-18 season.