NHL Draft profile: Joel Armia
June, 14, 2011
By Mark Stepneski | ESPNDallas.com
The latest in a series on top prospects for the 2011 NHL Draft looks at Finnish forward Joel Armia.
Background on 2011 draft prospect Joel Armia. Note: Rankings are final.
|Born: May 31, 1993/Pori, Finland
Height/Weight: 6-3/191 pounds
Position: Right Wing
2010-11 Team: Assat (Finland)
|NHL Central Scouting||4th (European skaters)|
|Red Line Report||20th overall|
|International Scouting Services||13th overall|
|The Hockey News||15th overall|
|As a rookie with Assat in Finland's top league he scored 18 goals and had 11 assists in 48 games. Had 2 assists in 5 playoff games. Played for Finland at the 2011 World Junior Championship in Buffalo, picking up one assist in 6 games. Finished tied for third at the Under-18 World Championship in scoring with 13 points (4 goals, 9 assists) in 6 games. Was named one of Finland's three best players at the tournament.|
|Played at junior level in Finland during 2009-10 season. Had 15 goals and 6 assists in 27 games for Assat at junior level. Also played for Finland internationally.|
|ESPN.com Scouting Report|
|Positives: Size, puck skills, skating.
Negatives: He's tall but lacks strength.
Link: ESPN.com Joel Armia Profile
|"He is a very dynamic player with excellent power elements in his game complimented by some very good skill around the puck. Few players have the shot release that Armia possesses, which makes him a threat to score from a variety of areas on the ice and from different situations. He fights his way around defenders with and away from puck well. He battles well along the boards and in the net area. He has great soft hands and his reach allows him to walk right around players at the net." - International Scouting Services 2011 Draft Guide
"Great size, reach and shot make him a goal scorer. ... Has a long, fluid stride with good speed and agility for a big man. Can beat defenders in tight with slick moves and strong puck control. Easily outmuscles guys and gains puck possession when he decides to play physically. Concern is that he frequently gets lazy defensively and doesn't compete hard." - Red Line Report 2011 Draft Guide
"He's 6-foot-3 and a pure goal-scorer. The biggest thing with him is, he gets the puck to the net." - A scout, quoted in The Hockey News Draft Preview 2011
|2009-10||Assat (Finland, Jr.)||27||15||6||21||-||32|
Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.