|Assets:||Has good size for the National Hockey League game, plus the soft hands and instincts of a natural sniper. Knows where to be in score goals and also has two-way upside.|
|Flaws:||Needs to display greater shift-to-shift consistency and stop taking shifts off in order to maximize his NHL potential. Also needs to add more bulk for North America.|
|Career Potential:||Talented scoring winger with good upside.|
|11/12/2013||Re-assigned to Rochester (AHL).|
|9/14/2012||Assigned to Assat Pori (Finland).|
|6/16/2012||Signed by the Buffalo Sabres to a three-year entry-level contract.|
|6/24/2011||Drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1st round (16th overall) in 2011.|
Armia to play in Rochester once healthy | 11/02/2013 8:12 AM
NewsJoel Armia, who is recovering from a broken hand, will be assigned to Rochester of the AHL once healthy.
ImpactHe is about a week away from returning to action but will need a few conditioning games with ther Amerks before Sabre coach Ron Rolston even considers bringing him to Buffalo. "He's probably within a week I would imagine." He wasn't a cinch to make the team before he got hurt. Rolston said, "We'll probably send him down, he's got to play some games. It would be tough throwing him right into this league." Keep an eye on Armia as he has offensive talent.
Broken hand sidelines Joel Armia indefinitely | 09/26/2013 2:47 PM
NewsJoel Armia is out indefinitely after suffering a broken hand in Wednesday's preseason game versus Columbus.
ImpactA decision hasn't made yet regarding surgery. Armia was competing for an NHL roster spot and he had been productive with one goal and three points in four exhibition contests.
Joel Armia suffers hand injury Wednesday | 09/26/2013 10:14 AM
NewsJoel Armia sustained a hand injury late in the second period of Wednesday's preseason game versus Columbus.
ImpactHe wasn't able to return to the contest and will be re-evaluated by the team.
Joel Armia impresses on Buffalo's top line | 09/20/2013 7:05 AM
NewsJoel Armia produced a goal and an assist in Buffalo's 5-2 win over Carolina in preseason action Thursday night.
ImpactHe played alongside Cody Hodgson and Thomas Vanek in the contest and received strong reviews for his performance. "He's got the skill level," coach Ron Rolston said. "He can skate, and he's a big body. It's outstanding. His hands and finish are very good." Vanek was also impressed with Armia's ability to get himself into good spots. Buffalo's first-round pick in the 2011 draft is vying for a roster spot at training camp.
Joel Armia will play on Sabres' top line | 09/19/2013 1:57 PM
NewsJoel Armia will play on the Sabres' top line, alongside Cody Hodgson and Thomas Vanek, in his first game in Buffalo Thursday night in preseason action.
Impact"It's a great opportunity for me to play with these guys," said Armia. "It's going to help a lot to play with [Vanek]. It's going to be a good experience for me to see what he's doing on the ice and maybe try to learn something from him." The Finnish forward is among Buffalo's top prospects and he'll get a good opportunity to show what he has to offer against Carolina.
Sabres may draft Finns to play with Armia | 06/05/2013 9:24 AM
NewsThe Buffalo Sabres may enter the 2013 NHL Entry Draft looking to add some more Finnish flavor to their organization to play alongside talented prospect Joel Armia.
Impact"It's something we definitely think about," said Sabres' director of amateur scouting Kevin Devine. "You take a guy like Armia, he's got a couple real good friends in the draft. He's coming over this year. It'd be nice to have somebody in that group." Aleksander Barkov is ranked No. 1 among European skaters by NHL Central Scouting, while defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen is No. 4 and left winger Artturi Lehkonen sits ninth. Armia has played alongside all three of them at the World Junior Championship. Sabres' first-rounder Mikhail Grigorenko is also good friends with 2013 prospect Adam Erne, who could be option for the team as well. Buffalo is slated to draft with the eighth and 16th picks in the first round.
Armia pots hat trick, Finns pound Slovaks | 01/04/2013 3:43 PM
NewsJoel Armia amassed three goals and one assist in Finland's 11-4 pounding of Slovakia in relegation round action on Friday.
ImpactThe Finns were unexpectedly dropped into relegation and they've been dominant there with a pair of lopsided victories. Chicago draft pick Teuvo Teravainen enjoyed a four-point outing as well, with a goal and an assist, while Calgary prospect Markus Granlund picked up three helpers. Armia and Granlund lead the 2013 World Junior Championship in scoring now with 12 points each in six games, while Teravainen is tied for second with 11.
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