2008-09: Josh Archibald was one of two sophomores in the varsity lineup for northern Minnesota's Brainerd High School.
2009-10: Archibald led Brainerd (22-3) in scoring as a junior with 20 goals and 30 assists in 25 games. He finished with a +46 plus/minus and led the team in shots on goal (109). Archibald played for Team Minnesota U-18 in the Minnesota NIT tournament and scored 2 goals with 1 assist in four games. Archibald was selected by the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the 6th round (126th overall) of the USHL Entry Draft.
2010-11: Archibald was Brainerd's leading scorer and a finalist for the coveted Mr. Hockey award as a senior. In 25 games, he scored 27 goals with 46 assists and was +47 with 40 PMs and a team-leading 176 shots on goal. In the pre-season Upper Midwest Elite League, Archibald scored 8 goals with 9 assists in 24 games for third-place Team North. Archibald committed to playing college hockey at the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2011-12. He was not listed among the 210 North American skaters listed in Central Scouting's final rankings but was selected in the sixth round (174th overall) by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2011 NHL Draft. In his senior year playing Minnesota high school hockey at Brainerd, Archibald posted 30 goals and 48 assists in 27 games. He was also a finalist for the Mr. Hockey award, given to the top high school player in Minnesota.
2011-12: Archibald skated in 36 of 38 games for Nebraska-Omaha as a freshman; playing both center and winger. He was tied for fourth in goals for the Mavericks with 10 and had 5 assists; finishing plus-three with 33 penalty minutes. Nebraska-Omaha finished seventh in the WCHA and lost to St. Cloud State in the first round of the conference tournament.
A product of Minnesota High School hockey, Josh Archibald is a prospect whose blistering speed is matched only by his strong work ethic. He possesses above average skills in the offensive zone, and soft enough hands that he can make and finish plays off the rush. His best asset however is his high compete level and willingness to venture into traffic. At 5'10 Archibald almost always is physically out-matched against defensemen, even at the NCAA level. That does not stop him from playing the body and battling hard for the puck in corners.
Given his style of play, Archibald must continue to add strength to his fairly lean frame. As long as he can do that, he should at the very least develop into an energy forward in the pros.
Archibald will return to Nebraska-Omaha for his sophomore season. Assuming he continues to get stronger, he should develop into a middle of the lineup forward who is able to use his speed and physical style to create offensive opportunities.