Darren Archibald
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Darren Archibald


Newmarket Ontario

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Free agent signing, 2010


195 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C


2008-09: Darren Archibald skated in 68 games for the Barrie Colts and was named to the OHL's Second All-Rookie Team. Archibald was the Colts' third-leading scorer with 25 goals and 24 assists and was +13 with 35 PMs. Barrie reached the OHL playoffs despite finishing under .500 and in the Colts' five game series with Mississauga St. Michael's Archibald scored 4 goals with 3 assists and was +2 with 2 PMs.

2009-10: Archibald had an impressive camp with the Columbus Blue Jackets but did not receive a contract offer. He returned to Barrie for his second season in the OHL and was a key two-way forward for the Colts. Barrie finished with the OHL's best record, winning 57 of 68 games, and Archibald scored 26 goals with 33 assists and was +25 with 62 PMs in 57 games. Archibald skated in 16 of 17 playoff games for the Colts, receiving a suspension after crashing into Windsor goalie Phillipp Grubauer in Game 3 of the OHL Finals. He finished with 5 goals and 5 assists and was -3 with 16 PMs.

2010-11: Archibald attended the Detroit Red Wings camp but was not offered a contract and returned to Barrie as a 20-year-old. He skated in 24 games before a mid-season trade to Niagara, where he was reunited with former Barrie coach Marty Williamson. In 61 regular season games between the two clubs he scored 41 goals with 25 assists and was +5 with 51 PMs. Archibald led the IceDogs with 10 goals and had 4 assists in 14 playoff games as NIagara reached the OHL semifinals. The Canucks signed Archibald to a three-year, entry-level contract in December 2010.

2011-12: Archibald appeared in 20 AHL games with the Chicago Wolves and scored at a nearly point-per-game clip for Vancouver ECHL affiliate Kalamazoo in his first pro season.  He was with the Wolves for the first two months and was minus-two with 1 assist and 6 penalty minutes and had 4 penalty minutes in a pair of February games with Chicago. He was both an offensive and physical force when he joined the Wings. He scored 14 goals with 31 assists and was a team-best +22 with 59 penalty minutes in 49 games for Kalamazoo. The Wings won the North Division and reached the West Conference finals. Archibald scored 2 goals with 4 assists in 14 playoff games; finishing plus-two with 21 penalty minutes.

2012-13: Archibald skated in 55 AHL games with Vancouver's AHL affiliate in Chicago in his second pro season and played for the ECHL's Kalamazoo Wings. He scored 12 goals with 10 assists and was +3 with 47 penalty minutes for the Wolves. Five of his 12 goals were scored on the Chicago power play. The Wolves were fourth in the Midwest Division and missed the AHL playoffs. Archibald scored 6 goals with 7 assists in 18 ECHL games and was +6 with 29 penalty minutes. The Wings finished four points behind Greenville for the final playoff spot. Archibald was re-signed to a one-year contract by Vancouver as a restricted free agent in August of 2013.


Talent Analysis

With grit aplenty, Archibald does not shy away from challenges. A solid two-way performer, he opens up space for his teammates, both when driving to the net, and his positioning. Forechecks well, and uses his size advantageously in the offensive zone. Owns a strong wrist-shot.



Archibald signed a one-year contract extension with the Canucks August 6th. He put up some good numbers while helping the Kalamazoo Wings reach the Western Conference finals. He may once again split time between Kalamazoo and Utica, but should spend the majority of the season with the Comets. He will be counted on to play an even larger role in helping generate offense this season.


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