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06-24-2011, 08:59 PM
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How does a 6’3” pure sniper who can skate at the disposal of your favourite team’s coach sound?

“The Finnish Ace” might just develop into the best pure goal scorer from this year’s draft crop, but he does have some work to do to get to that point.

Armia finished tied for 11th in goal scoring in SM-Liga, Finland top men’s league – perhaps Europe’s closest comparable league to the NA style of play.

Armia is that guy who wants the puck on his stick. And when it’s on his stick, he utilizes good puck protection skills to keep it there until he’s ready to either pass the puck (which is an underrated part of his game) or deploy one of his dazzling array of shots – especially his lethal wrist shot.

While he’s mobile for his size, he definitely needs to add some bulk to his frame and could stand to improve his first-step quickness. The other concern with Armia is consistency. Joel appears lackadaisical at times. Coaches of his, however, have raved about his willingness to work to improve and of the defensive awareness he already possesses at his age.

Joel isn’t afraid dirty to go about retrieving the puck on the forecheck or back-checking. He’s also willing to go to the hard areas to utilize his dangerous goal-scoring ability.

*See “One Timer” section above.

* Good size
* Sniper mentality
* Puck protection
* Above average hockey sense
* Very good skater for size
* Great wrist shot and array of other shots
* Great hands
* Very good playmaker
* Defensive awareness
* Coachability and work ethic
* Not afraid to go to “dirty” areas on the ice

Flaws/Aspects He Needs To Work On:

* Continue to train to increase strength and add mass to frame to handle the rigors of the NHL.
* Consistency
* Shoot the puck more
* Continue to develop defensive acumen
Source: THW

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