Selected in 9th round, 284th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft
The Blues took a flyer on Aaltonen late in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft after a solid offensive season for Kärpät, in which he notched 19 goals (and only 3 assists). This season, Aaltonen has exploded offensively, picking up 26 goals and 23 assists in only 32 games while boasting a +20 rating. He also has appeared in a handful of games for the big club, going pointless, but thanks to a lack of space on the roster, he has had to stay with the junior squad.
A fringe player for junior national teams before, Aaltonen emerged as a superstar in junior A in 2003-04. He logged huge minutes and made things happen all by himself. The next step is to learn to play better defense.
A one-dimensional offensive player who shies away from both traffic and the defensive zone, Aaltonen will have to take great strides in his all-around game if he is to make the transition to the North American game.