Justin Almeida

Pittsburgh Penguins
Photo courtesy of DiscoverMooseJaw.com

Fantasy Summary

Undersized forward with great speed, creativity, soft hands and a quick release.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 4.8
Country CAN
Position LW
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth February 6, 1999
Height 5‘11”
Weight 165 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 5; Overall: 129

Observations

March 2019 – Almeida signed a three-year, entry-level NHL contract. The pact, which starts in 2019-20, carries an AAV of $925,000. A fifth-round pick last year, the 20-year-old leads the Western Hockey League with 72 assists and is third in points with 102. Although his goals are down from a season ago, his playmaking has led him to his best WHL offensive campaign. The 5-11, 165-pounder will have to prove himself against men in the AHL. Mark Allan

February 2019 – Powered by 56 assists (tied for the league lead), Almeida sits sixth in WHL points with 79 in 51 games, fewer than the five players ahead of him have played. Second on the Moose Jaw Warriors to Tristin Langan’s league runner-up 88 points, Almeida’s total includes 10 goals and 23 assists with the man advantage. Expect the 20-year-old to be signed by Pittsburgh by the off-season. Mark Allan

December 2018 – After 19 games in his fourth WHL campaign, Almeida’s five goals and plus-4 are well behind the 43 goals and plus-42 in the 71 games of his 2017-18 breakout. His 23 assists, however, are ahead of last season’s pace that resulted in 55 helpers. Regardless, the slightly built 19-year-old has 28 points and is en route to another productive campaign with the Moose Jaw Warriors, who are good but perhaps not as strong as the powerhouse that led the WHL with 52 victories. Mark Allan

September 2018 – The creative, undersized winger is returning to the Moose Jaw Warriors for a fourth junior campaign. He set his personal bar high with 98 points in 2017-2018. Even if he matches or exceeds that breakout number, he will always have to prove he can play with the big boys. Mark Allan

July 2018 – The slender forward exploded for 43 goals, 55 assists and 98 points in 72 games during his third full WHL schedule. His size (listed by Pittsburgh as 5-9, 158 and 5-11, 160 by the Moose Jaw Warriors) might have hurt his draft stock but he didn’t go unchosen for the second straight year. Almeida got drafted because of his flying feet, which give him separation when he has the puck and allows him to haunt puck-carriers. Add creativity, soft hands and a quick release on his shot and his 98-point eruption make sense. It was the first time he had really capitalized on his gifts, although he followed with 13 points in 14 junior playoff games. Mark Allan


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 North Shore Winter Club PW QC Int PW 6 4 6 10 0 |          
 2012-2013 North Shore WC Bantam A1-T1 PCBHL 65 47 32 79 4 |          
 2013-2014 North Shore WC Bantam A1-T1 PCBHL 70 80 67 147 190 |          
  North Shore WC Bantam A1-T1 WCBAAA 5 5 2 7 2 |          
  BCMML Flyers 1 U16 Cup 4 3 0 3 2 |          
 2014-2015 Team British Columbia CWG 6 3 3 6 0 |          
  Cariboo Cougars BCMML 35 22 25 47 12 | Playoffs 7 1 5 6
  Prince George Cougars WHL 2 0 0 0 0 |          
 2015-2016 Team Red U17-Dev 3 0 2 2 0 |          
  Prince George Cougars WHL 48 2 4 6 0 | Playoffs 3 0 0 0
 2016-2017 Prince George Cougars WHL 37 4 9 13 4 |          
  Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 33 7 8 15 6 | Playoffs 7 2 0 2
 2017-2018 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 72 43 55 98 10 | Playoffs 14 6 7 13
 2018-2019 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 64 33 78 111 14 | Playoffs 4 0 0 0

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