An upper-body injury limited Joel 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.
Armia suffered a lower-body injury and will not return to Thursday's game against the Wild. The severity of the injury is unknown at this point, but the 24-year-old's night is done midway through the third period. Look for updates on the right winger's status to come in the following days, with the Jets' next exhibition match coming Saturday against the Oilers.
Armia scored a shorthanded goal while adding a blocked shot in Tuesday's 6-5 loss against the Wild. Armia enjoyed his most productive month in February, posting four goals with seven points and a plus-3 rating in 11 games. After lighting up the Finnish Elite League and coming to North America with big expectations, he hasn't come close to star status yet. That said, Armia's starting to show signs of life and could be a nice stash option in deeper pools heading down the stretch.
Armia posted a goal, an assist and a plus-2 rating in Tuesday's loss against the Wild. Armia posted his first multi-point game of the season, and he has points in back-to-back outings for the first time since a three-game streak from Oct. 25-28. He entered the NHL with high expectations after posting big numbers in the Finnish Elite League, but he has yet to enjoy very much success in the NHL so far. As such he is only worth a roster spot in the very deepest of pools.
Armia has struggled to reproduce his Finnish League success that saw him selected 16th overall in the 2011 NHL Draft. In 27 outings this season, Armia has notched a mere six points, including just two since returning from a early November injury that kept him out for 24 straight games. That is a far cry from the 19 goals and 14 points during his 2012-13 Finnish Elite League campaign. Just 23 years of age, Armia could still turn his career around, but the term bust might not be an overstatement at this point.
Armia (undisclosed) has been taken off injured reserve and will slot into the lineup against Canucks on Thursday, Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun reports. Armia returns to the lineup after a 24-game absence. Prior to getting hurt, the winger was tallying decent numbers with a goal and three helpers in just 10 outings. While it is unlikely the 23-year-old will continue scoring at that pace, he almost certainly will blow his rookie numbers from the 2015-16 campaign out of the water. The winger will replace Brandon Tanev (undisclosed) in the game-day roster.
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