Goldipucks and the Three Skaters: Sebastian Aho, Jack Eichel & Nico Hischier

Rick Roos


Welcome back to Goldipucks and the Three Skaters, a play on words of the Goldilocks and the Three Bears story. Instead of there being three bowls of porridge though, I cover three skaters and declare one too hot (i.e., doing unsustainably better than he should), another too cold (i.e., doing unsustainably worse), and a third “just right” (i.e., producing where he should be). In addition, I also assign each a rating of 1-10, indicating how hot (rated 7-10, where 10 is the most unsustainably hot), cold (rated 1-4, where 1 is the most unsustainably cold), or “just right” (rated 4-7, where 5.5 is the most “just right”) he is.

With the 2022-23 campaign being barely a month old, there is not a lot of data to dissect. But rest assured it's still business as usual at Goldipucks, which means figuring out the story behind the story for three players, who, for this installment, are: Sebastian Aho, Jack Eichel, and Nico Hischier. Now put on your detective caps to deduce which of the trio has been too hot, too cold, and just right thus far for the young season, then continue reading to see if you nailed all three. Stats reflect games played through November 13th.

Sebastian Aho (15 games, 7G, 10A, 39 SOG, 5 PPPts, 19:36 TOI, 3:57 PP, 60.8% PP%)

Aho had to wait until pick 35 of the 2015 draft to hear his name called; but he was in the NHL before the vast majority of first rounders who were selected that year, logging a full season with the Hurricanes in 2016-17. Everything was progressing smoothly for Aho, who saw his scoring rate increase from 49, to 68, to 83 in his first three seasons. Since then he's been unable to take things up another notch though, producing at an 80-84 point pace in each of his next three campaigns, making poolies wonder if he was going to be the second coming of mister c