HW 2011 Prospects: Joel Armia

BUFFALO NY - DECEMBER 31: Forward Andrej Kudrna #23 of Slovakia battles for the puck with forward Joel Armia #20 of Finalnd during the 2011 IIHF World U20 Championship game between Slovakia and Finland on December 31 2010 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Hockey Wilderness has decided to rank their 30 favorite prospects in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and will analyze each and every one of them. So on draft day, you'll have a good sense of who's who.

With each post, you will get to understand what type of player he is, and how he can help the Wild. You'll understand his strengths, flaws and get to understand what type of player he'll develop into.

The HW's Rank - The average rank of several of our favorite available rankings, weighted appropriately.

Summary Scout Notes - A broken down version of comments offered by each service. To read the whole explanations, click on the source site and search.

Now, introducing Assat right wing Joel Armia:

Joel Armia

#10 / Right Wing / Assat



May 31, 1993

GP G A P +/- PIM Midterm Rank
Final Rank HW Rank
2010 - Assat

Don't forget to check out the Hockey Wilderness 2011 Draft Page as well. Just click on the picture.


History And Accomplishments

  • 2009-10 Jr. B SM-sarja Bronze Medal
  • 2009-10 U17 WHC All-Star Team
  • 2010-11 WJC U18 Top 3 Player on Team
  • 2011 KHL Draft - 14th Overall, 1st Round (Severstal Cherepovets)
  • HW's Take:

    I know I am going to get !@#$ for this but I have Armia not included as one of my favorites to be picked as a Wild prospect in this years NHL Entry Draft.

    Yes, he is a right winger. He is a goal scorer. He has tons of offensive ability and can really put the puck in the net. He also has a very big frame (6'3") and is very creative. He's also Finnish and the Wild do sure like their Finns.

    But I can't ignore his inconsistency to play two-way hockey.

    The Wild's prospect pool has been bare for awhile but the 2010 draft class has made me more optimistic. This year, we have another chance to build on the rare success, and I want a player that has the drive to make a difference.

    Armia may be very offensively skilled, but his raw frame as well as his inconsistent play away from the offensive skills has put me off.

    HW's Projection

    Top six goal scoring winger

    Summary Scouts Notes

    For full explanations, click on the links:

    Director of European Scouting Goran Stubb (via NHL.com)

    "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."


    One of the best pure goal scorers in the draft ... intriguing mix of size and scoring upside ... got a long stride and the ability to generate speed and separation ... whenever the puck is near him in the offensive zone, he's a threat to put it in the back of the net ... vicious killer between the hashmarks ... has a quick stick with laser-like release ... can be lackadaisical and is inconsistent in his backchecking efforts ... just looks lazy skating up and down the wing at times

    The Scouting Report

    Armia is a big winger with a lot of offensive skill ... his bread and butter is as a shooter ... at his best when he’s involved in the game and has the puck on his stick in the offensive zone ... got a solid release and does a good job of getting shots off in traffic ... is an adept playmaker and distributes the puck fairly well ... can create offensive opportunities with his puck handling and ability to protect the puck with his size ... still needs to work on filling out his frame ... goes through too many stretches where he’s not engaged in the game and has limited effectiveness ... competitiveness also needs to translate more to the other two-zones as well

    Video Evidence

    Joel Armia - Season 2010-2011 (via NorthernHockey)

    Where Does He Fit With The Wild?

    He's fit perfectly.

    He's a right wing, he's a goal scorer and he's a Finnish player.

    Good Choice At #10?

    Would not be surprised to see him get picked, but no from me at #10.

    There will be many other promising prospects available at #10 and I am very uncomfortable about a prospect that shows a sort of laziness in his own zone.

    How Does He Look As A Wild?


    Comment away!

    Special thanks to Brock Otten, Kirk Luedek, Scott Campbell, and Dan Shrader 

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