Josh Archibald
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Josh Archibald

Hometown:

Regina Saskatchewan

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-10-06

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2011

Height:

5-10

Acquired:

6th round (174th overall), 2011

Weight:

170 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

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.

2012-13: Archibald was the second-leading scorer for Nebraska-Omaha, trailing only Ryan Walters, in his sophomore season. He scored 19 goals with 17 assists in 39 games and was +18 with 34 penalty minutes. Nebraska-Omaha finished seventh in the WCHA after starting the year 9-3-1 and lost to Minnesota State in a best of-three first round playoff series.

2013-14: Josh Archibald was the National College Hockey Conference Player of the Year as a junior in what would be his final season of college hockey — making his pro hockey debut with Penguins’ AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in March 2014 and signing a three-year, entry-level contract with Pittsburgh in May. He scored 1 goal and was an even plus/minus with 13 penalty minutes in seven regular season games and played in two of 17 AHL playoff games; scoring a power play goal and finishing -1 with no penalties. Archibald scored 29 goals with 14 assists, including 8 power play goals, in 37 college games and was +3 with 62 penalty minutes for the Mavericks. Nebraska-Omaha finished third in the NCHC in the conference’s inaugural season before falling to sixth-place Denver in a best-of-three quarterfinal series. 

Talent Analysis

Archibald is a product of Minnesota High School hockey whose blistering speed is matched only by his strong work ethic. He possesses good skills in the offensive zone and soft hands that can create and finish plays off the rush. His best asset is his high compete level and willingness to venture into traffic. Archibald is not the most physically imposing player but he possesses a great deal of strength and plays a determined style in the corners and along the boards. He developed into a strong leader during his college career at the University of Nebraska-Omaha that should serve him well in pro hockey.

Future

Archibald attended his first training camp with the Penguins and was assigned to Penguins AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to start the 2014-15 season. Skating in a lower line role in his first pro season he has yet to show the goal scoring touch he had in college but is steadily adjusting to the pro game. Long-term he projects as a two-way forward at the NHL level who will play in a lower line role and score on occasion.

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