Jamie Armstrong

Aaron Vickers

Armstrong is a big, imposing forward with a heavy shot who is a force in front of the net. He creates opportunities by putting himself in prime scoring position and knowing what to do when he gets there. His off-the-puck play is where he excels, as he is great at shaking his checks and finding quiet ice. He creates space in front of the net by physically engaging the opposition, battling for position and using his good hand-eye coordination to deflect pucks and rebound chances. He has the ability to be a force along the boards, and is tenacious on the forecheck. A prototypical power forward, Armstrong also has a great combination of speed and playmaking ability to match his solid frame and power game. He possesses the hands of a player five inches shorter and 30 pounds lighter. He has great puck-distribution skills, as well as puckhandling ability. Armstrong plays an up-tempo, high-energy game, but is not really a creative offensive force; he’s more the strong, complementary piece to a skilled line. He has an explosive first stride, as well as the skating ability to keep up with the much smaller, skilled teammates, and looks to initiate contact. He shows exceptional balance and edge work, and is incredibly difficult to knock out of position. The son of Bill Armstrong, he has a good frame and should be able to add some bulk during his time at Northeastern. Armstrong works hard at his game and made good improvements this past season.   (May 2016)