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by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. (June 16, 2012) --- Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier today announced that the team has signed forward Joel Armia to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Armia (6’3”, 192 lbs., 5/31/93) was Buffalo’s first-round pick (16th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and the first right wing selected in 2011. The native of Pori, Finland has totaled 36 goals and 31 assists in 102 career games during his first two seasons with Assat of the Finnish Elite League.

“We’ve been very impressed by Joel’s ability to make an impact in a professional league at such a young age,” said Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier. “His combination of size, skill and potential makes us hopeful that he will be a valuable asset to our organization for a number of years.”

This year, in his second SM-liiga season, Armia recorded 38 points (18+20) and a plus-12 rating in 54 games. He added two assists in three playoff games. His four game-winning goals were second-best among all Assat skaters.

Despite being the youngest player on his team in each of the last two seasons, Armia’s 18 goals ranked him second on his team each year. In 2010-11, Armia tied for most goals by an SM-liiga rookie and broke the Assat franchise record for most goals by a rookie.

Armia has represented Finland at the IIHF World U20 Championship in each of the last two years, recording five goals and two assists in seven games at the 2012 tournament in Alberta.

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