As college hockey seasons come to an end, many prospect in the college ranks start to sign deals and make the jump to the pros. The Pittsburgh Penguins snatched one of their own collegiate up on Saturday afternoon.
Josh Archibald, Pittsburgh’s sixth round draft pick (174th overall) in 2011, signed an amateur try-out with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL). Archibald just completed his junior season with the Mavericks of the University of Nebraska-Omaha, registering forty-three points (29G, 14A) in thirty-seven games. This season at Nebraska-Omaha, Archibald played with Penguins’ forward Jayson Megna’s brother, Jaycob Megna, and Pittsburgh’s third round pick (77th overall) in the 2013 draft, Jake Guentzel. His twenty-nine goals were good enough for second in the NCAA just behind Johnny Gaudreau of Boston College and his thirty-two. The twenty-one year old Archibald was also named one of ten finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, which is given to the top hockey player in the NCAA. The winner of the Hobey Baker Award will be announced on April 11th in Philadelphia.
When Archibald will make his professional debut has yet to be announced, but Wilkes-Barre has a game Saturday night at home against the Utica Comets followed by a trip to Albany to take on the Devils on Sunday.