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06-24-2011, 08:22 PM
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Director of European Scouting Goran Stubb
"He's big and tall but surprisingly mobile for a player of his size. He has a very good feel for the game and moving the puck well with his linemates. He has a heavy wrist shot that he gets off quickly and is always looking for the empty spots on the ice. He's a sniper with a good selection of shots. You might have to look for him during some shifts, but then, suddenly, he scores the winner."

Assat Pori coach Pekka Rautakallio
“He's going to be a different kind of Finn in the NHL. He just needs to add a couple more kilos to that frame of his. I know there have been comparisons to Teemu Selanne, but while they both have that sniper mentality, Teemu was quicker when he arrived in the NHL. The thing I like about Joel is he's very humble. He wants to know what I expect and he's willing and ready to execute it. That tells me he really wants to learn how to play, how to be a better hockey player.”

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06-24-2011, 08:22 PM
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Congratulations to Sabres! I hoped Avalanche to take Joppe with #2 pick but they totally blew that one up. I've always liked Sabres and now that my favorite player is playing for you, I'll probably buy a Sabres jersey. And if Sherlock & Kroenke continues to destroy the Avalanche team, I'll change my favorite team for sure to Sabres.

I'm really happy where Joppe landed and hope that he'll be successful with Sabres, but hopefully he'll stay 3-4 years more with Ässät.

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06-24-2011, 08:23 PM
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As said in other thread - wanted McNiell, will settle for Armia. Big potential, risky pick from what I read. Could be a beast.

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06-24-2011, 08:23 PM
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Wanted the Rangers to take him

You'll love this guy i can tell you.

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Scored 18 goals in the Finnish Elite League, yet Armia saw his stock drop slightly this season due to inconsistent efforts on the international stage. Led Finland with 13 points in the U-18's. Strengths - Already has the size and skill to compete against men, decent skater, strong, good hands, can really dangle with the puck, hard shot. Weaknesses - Questionable work ethic, would rather poke check than hit an opponent, lacks competitiveness. NHL Upside - May be a boom or bust prospect, has the size and offensive abilities to be a top six forward, but will have to work harder on and off the ice to achieve that goal. He's risky, but the rewards may be worth the risk.

QUestionable work ethic + Lindy = no good. But I like that we took a risk - Myers-esque in a sense.

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A guy that scores 29 points in the highest Finnish league in his draft year with size and a lot of raw skill can't be a bad pick at #16.
Agreed. Size, skill, scoring ability... playing against men. Solid pick at 16.

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Well that's interesting considering how many wingers we have...

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"Weaknesses - Questionable work ethic, would rather poke check than hit an opponent, lacks competitiveness."

SOUNDS AWESOME
lololol fits in

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A guy that scores 29 points in the highest Finnish league in his draft year with size and a lot of raw skill can't be a bad pick at #16.
This. You can see some so called AHL stars/or just former NHL players having trouble IN FEL. The league is competitive and maybe the most physical league amongst the top leagues (in europe).

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06-24-2011, 08:28 PM
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Lack of high-end offensive skill in the system has me liking this pick.

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06-24-2011, 08:28 PM
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I like it. Big frame, playing well against men at such an early age. It's a good pick from what I'm reading.

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06-24-2011, 08:29 PM
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QUestionable work ethic + Lindy = no good. But I like that we took a risk - Myers-esque in a sense.
I don't know where the work questionable work ethic is coming from. Or occasional invisibility on the ice = bad work ethic?

Good pick, atleast you're now a little less relevant to the finnish fan base.

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Shoulda traded back, especially with Beaulieu still on the board, someone had to be interested. With that said, I dont hate the pick.
My thoughts.

Got to think Khok is there late 1st / early 2nd + a more solid pick.

Still excited about the potential of Armia tho.

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Congratulations, you got much better pick at 16th than Wild got at 10th...

Armia is a big scoring winger with huge upside, bit raw though. You'll gonna get good updates about his performances throughout the season.
Sounds good! Is there any chance he projects to center or no?

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if he improves his work ethic hes an all star and a steal at 16 though..

if not well..bust. sometimes you gotta take a chance though. I like it

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Note! Not sure where this questionable workethic stuff comes. Nobody has showed me a link to a interview etc. of coach or anyone saying that about Armia. He took a giant leap last season especially with his skating, from under-average in juniors to average to over-average in Finnish Elite League. Bit of a perimeter player, raw but veery high ceiling. Enjoy

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06-24-2011, 08:30 PM
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so as of now, our future RW line-up is -

poms
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armia
kassian
x-kaleta

looks like lindy will have fun playing line-roulette 2-3 years from now!

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Well that's interesting considering how many wingers we have...
are we going to have those same wingers in 3-4 years? don't think so

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Well that's interesting considering how many wingers we have...
Not so much in the system.

I'm just glad we didn't go D.

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06-24-2011, 08:32 PM
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so as of now, our future RW line-up is -

poms
staff
armia
kassian
x-kaleta

looks like lindy will have fun playing line-roulette 2-3 years from now!
Who knows what the future holds in that regard.

The Sabres prospect pool was pretty short on high-end forward talent and they picked up a high-end forward prospect. No complaints here.

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He's potential high-end offensive talent. I don't see how that isn't a Sabres need.

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Love this pick. Give it a few years and this guy will be pretty damn good.

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06-24-2011, 08:39 PM
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Who knows what the future holds in that regard.

The Sabres prospect pool was pretty short on high-end forward talent and they picked up a high-end forward prospect. No complaints here.
armia looks like a solid pick, to me. just wondering if this will create an "odd man out" situation with one of our other RW's at some point.

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Great thread over on the Prospects board on him: http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?p...5#post34016035

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Problem is, I liked the Zagrapan pick for the same boom/bust reason. We can afford to take the risk but... McNiell was available. Like it but still wary.

And I'd like to get into the 2nd somewhere.

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