Hurricanes' Aho rebounding from sluggish start to sophomore season

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Sebastian Aho's early-season struggles appear to be in the rearview.

After putting together an impressive rookie campaign that saw him tally 24 goals and 49 points in 82 games - finishing fifth in rookie scoring - the Carolina Hurricanes forward struggled out of the gate to begin the season.

He went goalless through the club's first 15 games, contributing just eight assists. He's been on a mission since mid-November, though, and has strung together a five-game point streak that's seen him tally five goals and 10 points.

The streak has seen Aho vault into second in team scoring with 18 points, just three back of Teuvo Teravainen.

The Hurricanes have gone 5-2-1 in their last eight games and sit within striking distance of the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. They can attribute their recent success largely to the improved play of their budding star.