FanSided’s Too Many Men on the Site hosted a mock draft. It was a fun way to learn about upcoming stars and evaluate the Hurricanes needs for the upcoming season. Cardiac Cane had their pick Friday…
“Caniac Nation will be thrilled to know the Carolina Hurricanes have selected Finland’s Joel Armia.”
After Jim Rutherford’s much anticipated press conference Monday morning, it was quite clear the Hurricanes may be losing a couple Finns. Losing Joni Pitkanen and/or Jussi Jokinen would leave Tuomo Ruutu as the last Finn standing. The Canes GM stressed the need for a forward to help our defensemen, a physical player to cut the goals against, and kill penalties. Enter Joel Armia.
Ryan Kennedy from The Hockey News said, “(Armia) looked good as a physical player who can throw a big check.” Central Scouting ranks the young power forward 4th among European skaters and states, “A big, right-hand shot who can score? It’s a pretty attractive package.” At 6’3” and 191 lbs, he certainly would add size and strength to a Hurricanes unit.
Armia would also mesh well with the young Raleigh team. The Carolina NHL organization has proved to be successful cultivating young players. The Finnish right winger turns 18 years old on May 31st. It’s perfect…Jeff Skinner will have someone to play in the sandbox with him!
Joel played in 48 games with Assat and generated 18 goals and 11 assists.
Gaining this pick completes the checklist:
- Physical forward that can aid the defensemen
- Playmate for Skinner and upcoming Checkers boys
- Maintain Finn balance
Let’s Go Canes!