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Fantasy Summary

A defensive defenseman with little fantasy upside


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September 2020 – Almari will head back to his native country of Finland, as he has been loaded to the Lahden Pelicans of the Liiga for the remainder of the 2020-21 season. This move is due to the AHL season still being unknown to start due to Covid-19. Clare McManus 

April 2020 – The 21-year-old Finnish blueliner learned a lot in his first pro year with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Coming from Finland and spending years on International ice, it took him time to familiarize himself with a smaller ice surface and to adjust to the North American style of play. He was even a healthy scratch for a few games during the year. During that time he went over lot’s of footage to help grow his game. He noticed his mistakes and is working on the things he needs to do to solidify himself as a solid defenseman. Almari ended up finishing the year with one goal and six assists for seven total points in 51 games with the baby Penguins. Clare McManus

 

September 2019 – Almari was one of 17 players assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL in the second round of cuts from Pittsburgh’s training camp. The slender 21-year-old has a future in the NHL as a defensive specialist, but Pittsburgh currently has no room for a newcomer on the blueline. Mark Allan<