Joel Armia: Updates from Finland

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Joel Armia, the Sabres #1 pick in 2011, has been busy.

Well, at least in Finland. As he preps for his second season for the Aces in the SM-liiga (the men’s “Finnish Championship” league), the 18 year old sniper is in for a big test. From Jatkoaika.com:

Aces attack has lost four players. The biggest loss is probably the team captain , Matti Kuparinen escape of Kuopio. In addition to him went to Tuomas Huhtanen lock, Tommi Huhtala, Blues, and Pasi Salonen, you ignorant. They place a heavy-handed goal machine was purchased Radek Smolenak , which is expected to maaliahnetta players, and from time to time in Rauma, Finland pledges raised Nico Aaltonen , who was still a couple of years ago the young team’s standard equipment.

Pori with certainty the composition of the side of defender Ryan Caldwell and attackers Joel Armia , and Patrick Yetman.

We’ll see how he does with even a bigger role on the Aces this season. Meanwhile, on a lighter note, MTV3.fi provided a quick profile on Armia, and what he likes to do in his spare time.

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Watch out OTB, this kid likes to play the ponies.

Said Armia:

“I’ve been to a couple of times a horse races in Pori. Kuninkuusravit event is of course just megapixel range, and nice to be here in a game with my friends… but it has not yet come to profits.”

“I have at least the coming season Ässissä. Self-service summer training ends this weekend. After starting workouts with the team. I have acquired in their training increases strength and agility, especially the legs. Next week we leave (for) the national team camp.”

Fox Sports did a quick piece on Finland’s National Team Camp. Armia will look to improve on this year’s World Junior Championship:

Armia, a 6-foot-3, 192-pound right wing, was taken by the Buffalo Sabres with the No. 16 pick of the 2011 Entry Draft after a strong season with Assat in the top Finnish league. He had 18 goals and 11 assists in 48 games while playing on the team’s top line. He had just 1 assists in six games at last year’s tournament.

The camp runs Aug. 6-13, at the Olympic Center, and will feature exhibition games between the United States, Sweden and Finland.

Finally from Ilta-Sanomat comes an article entitled “Leino, a Finnish Paint Gun wants to Buffalo – Buffalo Sabres’ Ville Leino hopes to soon be up beside a young Finnish paint gun.” (It’s safe to assume “paint gun” loosely translates to “sniper.”)

Leino planted in Buffalo in the central place of the attacker. Armia bangs again paints a winger, so the Sabres in the future may be seen as a real suomalaisduo.

I hope he is seen, after one year there (in Assat),” Leino nods. “After all, it is a pretty good equation,” Leino, laughing, “places paints, then everything works. Buffalo Sabres begin next autumn term in Finland.”

 Twice the Stanley Cup finals had Leino believes in good faith team championship opportunities. “That is what we strive to source. Next season is the next opportunity.”

In other words, Leino is looking forward to playing with Armia, acknowledging he’ll have to wait for a chance to do so for at least one more season. Meanwhile, Leino is anxious to win the Stanley Cup now, and then enjoy some fine paint gun time with Armia when he likely arrives in Buffalo for the 2012-13 season.

Translation services were provided by Google.

Go Sabres.

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