Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Watch: Sebastian Aho Nets First Career Hat Trick

How good is Carolina rookie Sebastian Aho?

Good enough to score his first career hat trick in his 47th game and become the youngest player in franchise history to record a hat trick--that's how good.

The 19-year-old now has 30 points for the 'Canes in his rookie season, ranking him third amongst rookie goal scorers, behind only Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine, who are tied at the top with 23.

Jeff Skinner summed up Carolina's gameplan on Tuesday against the Flyers aptly in the dressing room after the game. "I think we were just trying to give the puck as much as we could to Aho, and he would put them in," he said.

Aho, a second-round draft pick (35th overall) in the 2015 draft, has been a key cog in Carolina's attack this season. He has 13 goals at even strength.

"It was fun to see him play that well," teammate Elias Lindholm said. "We all know how skilled he is. He's just got to play his game like he did today. It's fun to watch him out there."

Aho's hat trick propelled Carolina to a 5-1 beatdown of the Flyers. They are just five points behind the Flyers for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference with two games in hand.