Ken Holland has dipped into the bargain bin, inking former Arizona Coyote and Pittsburgh Penguin Josh Archibald to a one-year contract.
The #Oilers have signed forward Josh Archibald to a one-year contract. The Regina, Saskatchewan native tallied 12 goals & ten assists for 22 points in 68 appearances with Arizona in 2018-19. pic.twitter.com/OxjXM568OL
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) July 16, 2019
Archibald was originally drafted by the Penguins in the sixth round of the 2011 draft but only played 14 games with the NHL club. He was sent to the Coyotes in the middle of the 2017-18 season where he’s played the brunt of his NHL career. With the Coyotes, Archibald has played 107 games, scoring 17 goals and putting up 33 points.
Was 4th fwd on ARI in PK/TOI at 1:36 last year.
Coyotes were tied for league best PK at 85%.
He had a 44.1CF%, 46.6 FF%, 49.1 GF% at 5×5 and produced 9-8-17. https://t.co/e7tNWOkMJy
— Jason Gregor (@JasonGregor) July 16, 2019
As Jason Gregor points out, adding Archibald is about adding a forward who can help kill penalties. Archibald spent last season as a key player on the league-best Coyotes’ penalty kill, averaging 1:36 minutes of shorthanded ice time per game. With Tobias Rieder not returning next season, the Oilers needed another winger who can kill penalties. I would venture a guess that Archibald could not only fill Rieder’s role on the penalty kill, but also chip in a little more offence than he did last year too.
Jokes aside, Archibald’s 12 goals would have been fifth on the team last year among forwards. If he can come in and provide that level of offence again, that would be a nice, cheap addition for the Oilers.
The #Oilers sign 26 y/o RW Josh Archibald to 1 year $1M contract.
Was UFA after not being qualified by #Coyotes for $735K.
-12G 22P in 68GP
-49% 5v5 GF
-46% Expected GF
Rep’d by Scott Bartlett SCGhttps://t.co/e60VurOc53
— PuckPedia (@PuckPedia) July 16, 2019