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Sabres sign 2011?draft pick Armia

The Sabres have agreed to a three-year, entry-level deal with 2011 first-round pick Joel Armia.

The Finnish winger has signed a deal that could be worth up to $3.825 million, according to initial reports from Swedish News and The Sabres announced the deal late Saturday night.

Armia, who recently started mandatory military service in his homeland, is expected to spend another season in Finland before playing in the Sabres' organization. The contract will not start until Armia arrives in North America.

The 19-year-old recorded 18 goals and 38 points in 54 games with Assat of the Finnish elite league. He also had five goals and seven points in seven games with Finland at the world junior championships.

?— John Vogl