MOLINE, Ill. – Let us return to the way back machine for another episode of “Former Quad City Mallards: Where Are They Now?” This week, while the Mallards are in Oklahoma taking on the Tulsa Oilers, we’ll be looking back at the career-to-date of former Mallards forward Olivier Archambault.
Archambault began his professional career in 2012-13, when he played ten games for the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs, where he recorded a goal and an assist. He returned to the QMJHL the following season, however, playing 38 games and totaling 46 points (19G, 27A). The 2011 Montreal Canadiens fourth-round pick began playing in the ECHL after signing with the Iowa Wild.
Archambault was assigned to the Alaska Aces for the 2014-15 season, averaging a point-per-game by scoring 20 goals and earning 18 assists in 38 games. He split that season between Alaska and Iowa, appearing in 24 games in Des Moines. While with the Minnesota Wild farm team, he scored four goals with five assists. His player rights were traded to the Mallards on September 29, 2015 in exchange for Joe Perry.
Archambault led the Mallards in points that season, totaling 52 points (22G, 30A) in 50 games. Only Matt Carey had scored more goals, scoring 25 to Archambault’s 22. He also made four playoff game appearances, scoring once with two assists. Archambault received a brief call-up during the 2015-16 season to the Wild, but was held off the scoresheet in six games.
In August of 2016, Archambault signed with the South Carolina Stingrays, appearing in 35 games that season. In the regular season, he scored 16 goals and tallied eight assists. In the post-season, he earned 17 points (7G, 10A) in 22 playoff contests. This past off-season Archambault traveled back west to join the Allen Americans, who had been recently dethroned by the Colorado Eagles from the champions’ seat after winning the Cup (back-to-back President’s Cups in the CHL, then back-to-back Kelly Cups in the ECHL) for four straight years.
Archambault didn’t stay in Allen for long, only appearing in two games with as many goals and five assists before signing a tryout contract with the San Jose Barracuda. In San Jose, he had five points in 12 games before returning to Allen. Archambault returned during the middle of the season and played 17 more games with the Americans in which he amassed 24 points (11G, 13A.) He signed his second, and final tryout contract with the Syracuse Crunch on January 23.
On Wednesday, the Crunch had signed him to an AHL contract for the remainder of the season and for the 2018-19 season as well. So far this season, Archambault has marked eight goals and five assists in 19 games with the Crunch. Syracuse has clinched the second spot in the North Division of the AHL, currently holding 85 points with a record of 39-19-34-4.
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