The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forward Josh Archibald from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
Archibald, 23, will be looking to make his NHL debut when the Penguins host the Calgary Flames in Saturday afternoon’s 3 p.m. tilt at CONSOL Energy Center.
This season the 5-foot-10, 176-pound second-year pro has compiled eight goals, six assists and 14 points in 51 games with WBS. His goal and point totals have already exceeded last year’s numbers.
Archibald, who was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, but grew up and played amateur hockey in Minnesota, has 28 points (14G-14A) and is plus-6 in 103 career AHL regular-season games, and he has two points (1G-1A) in five AHL playoff contests.
As a junior at the University of Nebraksa-Omaha in 2013-14, Archibald finished third in the entire nation with 29 goals, and he led the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) with 43 points. Those totals earned him NCHC Player and Forward of the Year, an NCAA First-Time All-America berth, and he was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award.
The Penguins sixth round (174th overall) selection in 2011, Archibald represented the United States at the 2012 World Junior Championship, collecting two assists in six games.
When Archibald debuts, all five players the Penguins chose in the 2011 NHL Draft will have played in the NHL, with Archibald joining Joe Morrow, Scott Harrington, Dominik Uher and Scott Wilson. Uher (5th round), Archibald (6th round) and Wilson (7th round) were all chosen in the fifth round or later. Archibald would be just the 24th player picked in the fifth round or later from that year to play NHL games.
Archibald’s father, Jim, was drafted by Minnesota in the seventh round (139th overall) of the 1981 NHL Draft. The elder Archibald appeared in 16 career NHL games with the North Stars.