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Joel Armia | Winger

Team: Buffalo Sabres
Age / DOB:  (21) / 5/31/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 192

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Joel Armia was among seven players assigned to the minors on Tuesday by the Sabres.
Matt Ellis and Drew Bagnall will be sent to the AHL pending waivers, while Tim Schaller, Nick Petrecki, Nathan Lieuwen and Andrey Makarov were also trimmed from Buffalo's training camp roster. Sep 30 - 6:16 PM

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Buffalo Sabres’ head coach Ted Nolan said he’d like to see more determination from 2011 first round pick Joel Armia.

"He’s working at it, getting better. Adjusting from the European game over here sometimes takes a little while, but he definitely has some skill," said Nolan. "We’ve just got to (get) him to the point where he does it in hockey games." Armia’s first season in North America was somewhat disappointing, as the 21-year-old scored 7 goals and 27 points in 54 games with the Sabres’ farm team in Rochester last season. Armia will probably start the year in the AHL again this season.
Sep 28 - 10:48 AM

Joel Armia has produced just seven goals and 25 points in 49 games with Rochester in the AHL this season.

"He shows signs," Americans coach Chadd Cassidy said of the talented Sabres prospect. "Still needs to build his consistency. He's just got to keep building it up. He's a confidence player. He's a guy that when things are going well and he gets rolling, he'll dominate. He's just got to make sure that he puts the work in to dominate like that every night. I think that's what a lot of young players struggle with." Armia was the 16th overall pick in the 2011 draft and he should get a long look with Buffalo next season at training camp.
Apr 4 - 7:59 AM

Joel Armia, who is recovering from a broken hand, will be assigned to Rochester of the AHL once healthy.

He 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.
Sat, Nov 2, 2013 08:12:00 AM

Joel Armia is out indefinitely after suffering a broken hand in Wednesday's preseason game versus Columbus.

A 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.
Thu, Sep 26, 2013 02:47:00 PM

Joel Armia sustained a hand injury late in the second period of Wednesday's preseason game versus Columbus.

He wasn't able to return to the contest and will be re-evaluated by the team.
Thu, Sep 26, 2013 10:14:00 AM

Joel Armia produced a goal and an assist in Buffalo's 5-2 win over Carolina in preseason action Thursday night.

He 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.
Fri, Sep 20, 2013 07:05:00 AM

Joel 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.

"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.
Thu, Sep 19, 2013 01:57:00 PM

The 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.

"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.
Wed, Jun 5, 2013 09:24:00 AM

Joel Armia amassed three goals and one assist in Finland's 11-4 pounding of Slovakia in relegation round action on Friday.

The Finns were unexpectedly dropped into relegation and they've been predictably dominant there with a pair of lopsided victories. Chicago draft pick Teuvo Teravainen enjoyed a four-point outing as well, with two goals and two assists, 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.
Fri, Jan 4, 2013 02:43:00 PM

Joel Armia netted two goals for Finland in a 7-4 loss to Sweden in World Junior Championship action on Monday.

His two-goal effort helped the Finns rally from a 3-0 deficit to even the score, but they eventually fell to the Swedes and now they will have to play in the relegation round. "We tried to have a good start, but we had the opposite," said the Buffalo first-round pick. "It's so hard to win the game when the other team is three goals ahead." Highly-touted 2013 draft prospect Aleksander Barkov posted two assists in the defeat.
Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:13:00 AM

Joel Armia has reportedly suffered a concussion on Saturday in SM-liiga action.

He isn't projected to play Tuesday against the Pelicans, but beyond that his status is certain. Buffalo's first-round pick in 2011 should be considered out indefinitely until his symptoms clear. Armia has notched nine goals and 13 points in 22 games with Assat this season.
Mon, Nov 19, 2012 03:37:00 PM

Buffalo prospect Joel Armia scored his ninth goal of the season in Assat's 5-2 triumph versus Jokerit.

The first-round pick, 16th overall, of the Sabres in 2011 has 13 points in 20 games in Finland's top league this year. He registered 18 goals and 20 assists in 54 outings with Assat Pori in 2011-12.
Tue, Nov 13, 2012 03:09:00 PM

Joel Armia helped propel Assat to a 7-4 win Tuesday in a match versus the Lahti Pelicans.

The Buffalo prospect racked up two goals and one assist in the game to give him eight points in eight contests so far this season. He wouldn't have been in the NHL even if there wasn't a lockout because he's participating in his mandatory military service, but he could be playing in North America next year. Armia and the Sabres agreed to a three-year, entry-level deal this past June.
Tue, Oct 2, 2012 02:19:00 PM

Joel Armia has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres.

The deal is reportedly worth up to $3.825 million. Armia is currently participating in his mandatory military service and isn't expected to head to North America until the 2013-14 campaign. His contract won't start until he starts to play hockey in North America.
Sat, Jun 16, 2012 12:11:00 PM

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