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Winnipeg Jets' 2016 Top 25 Under 25: #10, Joel Armia

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Armia rounds out the top 10 on our top 25 under 25.

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Truck

Arby

Matt

Andy

Derek

Trevor

Ian

Brian

Cole

Daniel

Allan

Phil

Trade w/ Buffalo

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Overview:

Joel Armia started the 2015-16 NHL season with the Manitoba Moose, but that soon changed.  After some strong play, Armia found himself in a position where he was called up to the Jets, but filled the role of "scratch" most nights, as he was the 13th forward on a few road trips.  Not was all lost though, as opportunity came knocking for Armia, and he took advantage of it, playing out the rest of the season with the Jets, and making a strong case for a permanent roster spot going into the 2016-17 NHL season.

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AIH Authors' Thoughts:

Truck:

Joel is a smooth skater with slick hands. He is strong along the boards and does some nice things defensively. That said, the offence just isn't there. It was there as a teen, but it's been gone for years. I remain hopeful that he can figure things out, but I think it is more realistic that he'll turn out similar to Alexei Ponikarovsky. That's not a bad outcome.

Andy:

See Lowry - Armia is the kind of sleeper pick the fans like to get a hold of...he shows a lot of potential, and hasn't quite felt his groove yet. A start in the AHL was parlayed into bench time with the main club, and eventually bottom six time due to injuries as the season progressed, and he showed flashes to management that he should stay. A new contract this summer should help with his confidence, and here's to hoping we see more goals and points from him going forward.

Ian:

I like Armia's defensive game but I hope to see some more consistency regarding his offence. we saw bits and pieces of if throughout the season, but it never lasted. Drafted in the same year as Mark Scheifele, if he can reach his potential, Armia could be a very important piece for the Jets.

Brian:

It's looking like we've seen what Joel Armia can do at the NHL level. Some have labeled him as a bust, which I don't believe is fair. I would however, label him as a disappointment. Despite being a really good defensive bottom six player, his offensive game hasn't developed anywhere near as well. There's nothing wrong with that, but when the Jets first acquired him, it appeared there was a lot more to his game.

Summary:

In my opinion, Armia is a lock for a bottom 6 role with the Jets this coming season, and pressure from the other players wanting his spot will be good for him.  His on ice chemistry with Adam Lowry was apparent, and hopefully the two will be re-united on a line again this year.  What do you think?