Joel Armia
Joel Armia
26-Year-Old Right WingRW
Montreal Canadiens
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Armia will rejoin the Canadiens in 2019-20 on a new, two-year, $5.2 million deal that he signed in July. Last season, his first in Montreal, was a success in many ways for the 6-foot-4 winger. He played up and down the lineup, which suggests he's trusted by coach Claude Julien, but most of his minutes were spent with Jesperi Kotkaniemi, the Habs' prized rookie pivot. The 26-year-old established a new career high in goals (13) in 57 contests, and his defensively responsible game provided Kotkaniemi with an opportunity to get acclimated to the NHL. That's all well and good, but of Armia's many positive hockey traits, point producer is not one of them. As a result, the Canadiens may reconsider deploying him on their second power-play unit again this season, which will undoubtedly negatively impact his production, as he picked up a quarter of his points on the man advantage last campaign. Armia will be a high-end bottom-six option for the Canadiens this year, but his lack of offensive upside will prevent him from achieving fantasy relevancy. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $5.2 million contract with the Canadiens in July of 2019.
Cooling off
RWMontreal Canadiens
November 13, 2019
Armia had three shots on net and finished minus-1 in Tuesday's 3-2 shootout win over the Blue Jackets.
Armia has cooled off after a blistering start to the season. The 26-year-old Finn lit the lamp six times over the first nine games but has failed to score in the last seven contests. He's never been a big scorer -- the 13 goals he scored in 2018-19 being a season high -- so think of this goal-less run as a market correction.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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.
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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Assist on game-tying goal
RWMontreal Canadiens
October 31, 2019
Armia picked up an assist, three hits and a plus-2 rating in Thursday's 5-4 overtime win over the Golden Knights.
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On a real goal tear
RWMontreal Canadiens
October 26, 2019
Armia scored the game-winning goal and added an assist Saturday in a 5-2 win over the Maple Leafs.
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Scores in return
RWMontreal Canadiens
October 25, 2019
Armia scored a goal on four shots along with a team-high six hits in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Sharks.
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Set to return Thursday
RWMontreal Canadiens
October 24, 2019
Armia (lower body) is expected back in the lineup against San Jose on Thursday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
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Practices Wednesday
RWMontreal Canadiens
Lower Body
October 23, 2019
Armia (lower body) was a full participant at Wednesday's practice session, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
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