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Prospect Preview: Olivier Archambault - Junior Hockey News

Published: Tuesday, 8 Jan 2013
By: Michael Gosnell

After a four-month hiatus, the Bell Centre will once again hosted Montreal beloved Canadiens.

Meanwhile, in the junior hockey ranks, the Canadiens own a skilled farm system of junior players.

This Prospect Preview will talk about Drummondville Voltigeurs winger Olivier Archambault.

A fourth round pick of the Canadiens in 2011, Archambault is a veteran in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and is playing in his fourth season, his second with Drummondville.

The Le Gardeur, Quebec native was the first overall selection in the QMJHL entry draft. The Val-d'Or Foreurs chose him and he played two seasons in Val-d'Or.

Archambault scored 12 goals and 15 assists in his first season and then improved his numbers the next season by scoring 20 goals and 33 assists.

A trade during the off-season brought him to Drummondville, but his first season with the Voltigeurs was a difficult one.

He battled an injury and a drop in production from 53 points in 2010-11 to 39 points in 2011-12.

Olivier Archambault is gifted offensively.                                                     

Despite his small size, his acceleration and hands are things that stand out.

He can be lethal in open ice, but needs to get others involved in order to become a more complete offensive player.

In addition, he also finds himself trying to make the highlight reel type of play and hang on to the puck for a considerable amount of time.

Adding a couple pounds of muscle will do Archambault wonders and he needs to develop a defensive side to his game. His willingness to get to the dirty areas and make a smart, defensive play is subpar.

This season, Archambault is the second leading scorer for the Voltigeurs with 39 points. He is having a bounce back year and is working hard to earn a contract from the Montreal Canadiens.

A season in the American Hockey League will help Archambault round out his game and help him mature mentally.


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