Joel Armia

daviddickenson

2017-04-29

Joel Armia

Joel Armia, RW

Shoots: R

Height: 6-3

Weight: 187

Born: 1993-05-31

Hometown: Pori, Finland

Drafted: 2011 by Buffalo, 16th overall

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

May 2017 – The big Finnish winger is running out of time to break-out and show the level of offensive output he was projected to have after lighting up international tournaments as a junior player a handful of years ago. Armia still has great offensive upside, but has had trouble cracking Winnipeg’s top scoring lines to earn key minutes. He’s showing improvements each season, but may not be considered a top-end prospect anymore, but instead a solid NHLer. This past season, he played 57 games in the NHL, where he was able to net 10 goals and nine assists for 19 points, but found it tough to move up the line-up with the likes of guys like Patrik Laine ahead of him on the depth chart. Armia could be a prime candidate for the NHL’s Las Vegas expansion draft, or possibly as a free agent this summer, as long as a team has the capability of giving him a chance at top line minutes. – David Dickenson

October 2016 – Armia made the Winnipeg Jets' opening day 22-man roster for the 2016-17 season. – David Dickenson

September 2016 – After more than half a season in the NHL with Winnipeg, Armia looks like he could slowly be turning the corner to a productive NHL career. He’s transformed his game to add more of a defensive element, but it’s his simple go-hard-to-the-net approach which will hopefully earn some top-six minutes with the Jets. At times he has looked like a star in international competitions, but needs to bring that same intensity to the NHL. David Dickenson

November 2015 – To be fair, Armia's a member of a Manitoba squad struggling to put the puck in the net. But he's not making himself noticed among the mediocre. With all the talent on the way for Winnipeg, Armia is looking more and more as if he will become a depth option. Dobber

February 2015 – As part of the Evander Kane-Tyler Myers swap, Joel Armia is headed to the Winnipeg Jets organization. Playing with Rochester, Armia has produced well in his sophomore AHL season (32GP-10G-15A-25P) and should give Winnipeg a near NHL-ready winger for call-up in the short term. With few right-shooting wingers ahead of him on the Jets prospect depth charts, this move benefits Armia. Brendan Ross

 

October 2014 – Armia looked determined to prove a point to Sabres management that he's ready to take that next step. He was arguably the Sabres best player at the prospect camp and even though the team disappointed they had to have been happy with the way their 2011 1st round pick played. Ultimately it wasn't enough to take a roster spot from fellow first rounder Sam Reinhart or a more seasoned Sabre under contract. Mikhail Grigorenko will likely be the first Amerk recalled but look for Armia to have his name called on a couple of occasions this season. A big season in Rochester could be on the horizon and fantasy owners should be keeping a close watch. See below to witness a lovely bit of skill from the 6'3" finnish power forward. Travis Watson

 

June 2014 – It was a disappointing debut season for Joel Armia getting off to a rough start