Brandon Archibald
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Brandon Archibald

Hometown:

Port Huron Michigan

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1992-03-31

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2010

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

4th round (94th overall), 2010

Weight:

201 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2007-08: Archibald played for the Detroit Honeybaked Midget team, scoring eight goals and adding 22 assists for that team.  He was chosen in the fourth round of the 2008 OHL Priority Selection by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

2008-09: In his OHL rookie season with the Greyhounds, Archibald appeared in 61 games, picking up eight assists and 45 penalty minutes in those games.

2009-10: In 68 games for the Greyhounds, Archibald scored 5 goals and added 28 assists for 33 points while posting 81 penalty minutes.  In 5 playoff games, Archibald scored 1 goal and added 1 assist for 2 points.  Archibald played for Team Cherry at the 2010 CHL Top Prospects Game, picking up an assist on the game winning goal.

2010-11: Archibald went from being an offensive leader from his defensive spot on a last-place club to a more traditional defenseman's role with a first place team after a mid-season OHL trade from Sault Ste. Marie to the Saginaw Spirit. After scoring 2 goals with 17 assists in 37 games for the Greyhounds prior to the trade, he had 3 assists and was a troublesome -13 with 34 PMs in 29 games for Saginaw. In eight playoff games for the Spirit he was scoreless and -4 with 2 PMs.

2011-12 Archibald played with the Saginaw Spirt in his fourth season in the OHL and had his second lowest point total with 16. He showed signs of life in the playoffs with seven points (three goals and four assists). Throughout both the regular season the defender had a plus/minus of eight, which is impressive since he is a top four defenseman.

 

Talent Analysis

Archibald uses his size to clear out the front of the net and has become a very well-rounded player. His 6’4 frame has allowed him to shut down some of the OHL’s top scorers on the power play, including the Sarnia Stings’ Nail Yakupov. His offensive game isn’t nearly as gifted as his defensive play, but when you play that good in your own zone Archibald shouldn’t be worrying about his goal totals.

 

Future

Archibald did not sign with the Blue Jackets and was passed over in the 2012 NHL Draft, so he is now a free agent.  He will return to the Saginaw Spirit for the 2012-13 season for his overage season.