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Fantasy Summary

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


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April 2020 – Almeida had an average first pro season where he spent the majority of the year with the ECHL Wheeling Nailers, putting up five goals and 11 assists for 16 points in 37 games. In the beginning of the season, he had a nine-game stint with the AHL Penguins but was only able to score one goal. The 5-11 forward needs to work on building up more muscle, as well as getting more involved physically, if he wants a chance at staying in the AHL next year. Clare McManus

 

January 2020 – After finishing his junior career with 111 points in 64 WHL outings, Almeida is experiencing a humbling pro debut. Demoted to the Wheeling Nailers after producing just one goal and no assists in seven AHL games, the 20-year-old has only two scores and seven helpers in 20 ECHL appearances. The former fifth-round pick still has two more campaigns on his entry-level pro contract, but he should add some muscle to his 5-11, 165-pound frame. Mark Allan

 

September 2019 – Almeida was one of 17 players assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL in the second round of cuts from Pittsburgh’s training camp. Mark Allan

 

June 2019 – Almeida is sitting out Pittsburgh’s annual off-season development camp while he recovers from shoulder surgery. Mark Allan

 

May 2019 – The Western Hockey League’s best playmaker compiled 78 assists, 13 ahead of two runners-up. His league-leading total helped the 5-11, 161-pound mighty mite finish third in scoring with a personal-best 111 points. He can score, too, and while his 33 goals were d