Archibald Decides to Make Jump to Pros
CHN Staff Report
Nebraska-Omaha's Josh Archibald, a Hobey Baker Award finalist, has decided to sign with the Pittsburgh Penguins, foregoing his senior season.
Archibald, whose 29 goals are tied for second in the nation, techhnically signed an amateur tryout agreement with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He was a sixth-round pick of Pittsburgh in the 2011 NHL Draft.
“With about a month and a half left in the season, he just wanted to concentrate on the rest of the season,” UNO coach Dean Blais told the Omaha World-Herald. “But then he started scoring a goal or two a game and it got to be ridiculous. I think he felt he accomplished just about everything he wanted to accomplish.”
Archibald's 29 goals are a school record. He was the NCHC Player of the Year as well.
Blais called Archibald a "difference maker," but hopes to make up the difference with the returning players and a strong freshman class. The recruiting class includes Minnesota's Mr. Hockey for 2013-14, Avery Peterson, plus three other players that were up for the award, and the top two scorers in the USHL.
“We’ve got some guys we’ve signed for the following year and it may be a matter of having them come in a year earlier than we planned,” Blais told the OWH. “We knew we needed a good recruiting class because we would be losing six seniors and possibly more. We think we have one, but only time will tell.”
Nebraska-Omaha could also potentially lose top defenseman Jaycob Megna to the pros. He an Anaheim draft pick.