2005-06: In John Armstrong’s second OHL season with the Plymouth Whalers, he scored 37 points (14G, 23A) in 65 games. He did not have the best numbers defensively as he would finish the year at a disappointing -19. Armstrong would also participate in the years CHL/NHL Top Prospects game. The Flames must have liked what they saw, because they selected him 87th overall in the 2006 NHL Draft.
2006-07: The center split the season between Plymouth and Peterborough (OHL) for his third year in the league. In 34 games with the Whalers, he tallied eight goals and 21 points, adding another 24 points (11g+13a) in 27 games with the Petes.
2007-08: In his final OHL season, Armstrong tallied 21 goals and 57 points through 65 games with the Peterborough Petes (OHL), his second, and final, season with the club.
2008-09: The QC Flames (AHL) gained a center in Armstrong this season, his first year as a professional hockey player. In 68 games, he scored five goals and 20 points in 68 games, racking up 72 penalty minutes along the way.
While the 6’2, 188 lbs centerman did not put up ground breaking offensive numbers in his four junior league seasons, he has shown the propensity to set up plays and score big goals. Scouts often say his strong puck handling ability is what sets him apart from other Flames prospects. The 2006 CHL/NHL Top Prospects skills competition also revealed that Armstrong has a very good shot (90+ mph). He does have some holes in his defensive game, that he’ll need to patch up to make it onto the Flames roster.
Projects as a checker, but needs to improve defense.