RALEIGH, NC - Each season NHL Network ranks the Top 50 players in the League, a list compiled by researchers, producers, and on-air personalities. The network unveiled players 30-21 for the upcoming season on Sunday, with Canes' sixth-year center Sebastian Aho checking in at No. 21, making an eight-spot jump from last season.
The Finnish forward is coming off a 57-point season, in which he led Carolina in points, goals (24), assists (33), game-winning goals (7), short-handed goals (3), and shooting percentage (16.2), and tied for the team lead in power play goals (7) and power play points (18). In the playoffs Aho continued to flash his brilliance, tallying a team-high six goals and five assists in 11 games, including the overtime winner to clinch the Hurricanes' first-round victory over Nashville. In 34 career postseason games, the center has tallied 35 points, (14 G, 21 A), and has a +/- of 14.
Video: NHL Tonight on NHL top player Sebastian Aho
Aho's led the Canes in goals scored in each of the last four seasons, and since making his NHL debut in 2016, the forward ranks 13th among all NHL skaters with 145 goals, and is tied for the league-lead with 12 short-handed goals in that span.
Over the last two seasons the 24-year-old has been even better, ranking eighth in the league with 62 goals scored, and first with seven short-handers.
The full list of rankings to date can be found here.