Canucks Sign Darren Archibald

Darren Archibald

Photo credit: Barrie Colts

From the Niagra Ice Dogs website:

Newly acquired IceDogs forward Darren Archibald has signed a contract with the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League.

The overage forward will be on the ice again tonight for his third game as an IceDog, having picked up one assist and a shootout goal in his first game as an IceDog. Archibald is on pace for his best OHL season, having accumulated 18 goals and 13 assists for 31 points in 24 games so far this season.

In 151 career OHL games, the Newmarket native has 69 goals and 70 assists for 139 points, to go along with 118 penalty minutes.

Brock Otten of OHL Prospects Blog heaps some praise on the signing.

The first is that Niagara IceDogs winger (and former Barrie Colt) Darren Archibald has FINALLY signed an NHL contract. After going through 2 NHL drafts (despite being ranked) and having long stays at 2 NHL camps (Columbus and Detroit), Archibald finally put the ink on an entry level contract with the Vancouver Canucks (LINK). As you know, I’ve been a big supporter of Archibald the past few seasons and I’ve always been flabbergasted that he continued to remain without an NHL affiliation (whether it be as a draft pick or signee). The Canucks are getting a complete player who can do a little bit of everything and who (IMO) should develop into at least a serviceable checking line winger with goal scoring ability. Congrats to Darren (Here’s an interview with Darren about the signing. Clearly he’s a happy camper).

The Niagra Ice Dogs, of course, is where Alex Friesen, the Canucks’ 6th round draft pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, plays.

J.J. Guerrero

Founder and Executive Editor of Canucks Hockey Blog. Proud Canadian, hardcore Canucks fan. I would like nothing more than watching the Canucks win the Stanley Cup. Against the Leafs.

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2 Responses

  1. Very Nice. Cant wait to see him play

  1. April 20, 2011

    […] Canucks sign Darren Archibald You’ve probably never heard of Darren Archibald, and that’s because, like John Wayne, he was never drafted. Archibald’s potential probably tops out as a third-line winger, but any time the Canucks get a guy with NHL potential for free, it’s tough to complain. Not impossible. Just tough. Archibald, a 20-year-old from Newmarket, Ontario, is a 6’3″, 195 lb. left winger with his own Hockey Fights page, so you know he’s got power forward potential. He’s also got 51 goals and 57 assists in 125 games with the OHL’s Barrie Colts, so you know he can score a little. Word is that he’s a “complete player,” which is nice, although that term can also be a nice way to say he isn’t particularly good at anything. We’re still waiting for one of Gillis’s under-the-radar signings to really pay off, but you can’t argue with his Eye of Sauron approach to building the prospect pool. He’ll take a potential NHLer from anywhere. But it’s also worth noting that the Canucks weren’t Archibald’s only suitor (Archibalds always have more than one suitor). He chose to come to Vancouver. That’s a regular story these days. […]

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