Joel Armia
Joel Armia
25-Year-Old Right WingRW
Montreal Canadiens
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Armia is coming off a career-best season in 2017-18, as he set highs in nearly every significant statistical category including goals (12), assists (17), and power-play points (four). However, with a bevy of talented youngsters competing for minutes in Winnipeg, the sniper headed to Montreal on a one-year deal. While he probably won't be filling a top-six role with his new club, the versatile winger offers solid two-way play, along with quality depth scoring -- all of which combines to make him an effective mid-range fantasy option. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $1.85 million contract with the Canadiens in July of 2018.
Has coach's confidence
RWMontreal Canadiens
February 10, 2019
Armia had a team-high six shots along with four hits and 5:52 of power-play ice time in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to Toronto.
Armia is among Montreal's shot leaders, tied for second with 2.7 shots per game, but he gets an inordinate amount of power-play time for a player without a man-advantage goal in 211 career games. He's averaging a career-high 2:32 of PPTOI/G and was on the ice when Montreal had a golden opportunity -- a power play that extended into the overtime stanza -- while Brendan Gallagher, Andrew Shaw and Jesperi Kotkaniemi sat on the bench. Coach Claude Julien cited Armia's big body and ability to retrieve pucks to Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette, which is true, but his track record on the power play doesn't support the decision to have him out there in a 4-on-3 situation.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
An upper-body injury limited Armia to 57 games last year, and he came up just one point shy of reaching the 20-point threshold. Coming over from the Swedish league, the winger was touted as a sniper -- he put up 55 goals in three season with Assat Pori -- which led to him being selected 16th overall in the 2011 NHL Draft by Buffalo. Unfortunately, the Finn has never really lived up to that billing. There’s no reason to think the 24-year-old can't log a full 82-game campaign for the first time in his career, but it will likely be in a third-line role. His ice time figures to be about the same as last year (15:08 per game), and he should provide lower-end fantasy value while falling in around 15 goals and 30 points if he can stay healthy.
A highly-touted sniper in Finland before coming overseas last year, Armia struggled in his first season in North America, producing just seven goals in 54 games with Rochester. Armia was hampered by a wrist injury suffered in training camp, and didn’t find his groove until the AHL playoffs, where he scored three goals in five games. Big things are still expected from Armia, who is just three years removed from being drafted in the first round. He will have a chance to earn a spot with the Sabres but will most likely spend the 2014-15 season with Rochester to further acclimate himself to the North American game.
Armia was one of the top prospects outside North America last season, and is set to begin an NHL career following another impressive campaign in his native Finland. He posted 33 points in 47 games for Assat Pori of the SM-Liiga and also impressed with Team Finland at the World Junior Championships. Those in keeper leagues should be watching Armia very closely as he arrives in North America to begin his entry-level contract. With the Sabres in need of some offensive punch, Armia will have a strong chance at starting the season in Buffalo, and could contribute early on.
Armia, the 16th overall selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, will remain in his native Finland this season to continue his development. The Sabres have high hopes for the offensively gifted winger, who signed his entry-level contract in June. Keep a close eye on him in keeper leagues, as he may be ready to cross the pond next season. Armia grabbed 38 points in 54 games for Assat Pori of the SM-Liiga.
The Sabres grabbed Armia with the 16th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, adding size to a relatively small crop of forwards that they have in the organization. Armia will stay in Finland as he is committed to play at least one more year with Assat of SM-Liga.
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Big night in Columbus
RWMontreal Canadiens
January 18, 2019
Armia scored two goals in Friday's 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets.
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Scores first since return
RWMontreal Canadiens
January 9, 2019
Armia scored a goal on three shots, blocked a shot and delivered one hit over a season-high 19:43 of ice time in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Red Wings.
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Bags assist in return to action
RWMontreal Canadiens
January 3, 2019
Armia finished Thursday's 2-0 win over Vancouver with an assist.
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Back in action Thursday
RWMontreal Canadiens
January 3, 2019
Armia (knee) will return to the lineup Thursday against the Canucks, John Lu of reports.
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Practices on third line
RWMontreal Canadiens
January 2, 2019
Armia skated on the third line at Wednesday's practice and could return Thursday against Vancouver, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
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