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Report: Sabres 2011 first-round pick signs three-year entry-level deal

Jun 16, 2012, 2:42 PM EDT

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According to a report out of Sweden, the Buffalo Sabres have signed their 2011 first-round pick Joel Armia to his three-year entry-level contract (link in Swedish).

Armia was taken 16th overall by the Sabres in last year’s draft and spent this past year playing for Assat in the Finnish elite league. Armia finished the year with 18 goals and 20 assists in 54 games for Assat this season and also represented Finland at the World Junior Championships in Edmonton/Calgary.

According to the Swedish report, Armia will be playing one more season with Assat before coming to North America as he’s got another year on his contract there. Armia is also fulfilling his service to the Finnish army this summer. The Sabres will hope Armia’s offensive output continues to increase as they could use more offense regardless.

  1. broadstbully33 - Jun 16, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    gonna be a great player

  2. buffalomafia - Jun 16, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    If he is small forget about it!

  3. sabresfan63 - Jun 17, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    buffalomafia i guess you dont care much about your favorite team to know a little about the players they draft becuase Armia is 6-3 so he is not a small payer like ennis who is small but effective.

  4. bagjr387 - Jun 17, 2012 at 7:11 AM

    I wanted him signed to an entry level deal last year. this guy is one of the pieces missing. size+skill is hard to come by on the sbares roster

  5. lordfletcher - Jun 18, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    I still can’t believe he fell to #16 …. thought Carolina would have jumped all over him

    -Wild fan

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