Here’s one draft pick that won’t work out for the Canadiens.
After an indifferent season with the Drummondville Voltigeurs and a poor showing under an Amateur Tryout Contract with the Hamilton Bulldogs, the Canadiens have decided not to make a entry level contract offer to left winger Olivier Archambault.
Archambault’s agent, Norman Smith confirmed the Canadiens decision in an interview with L’Express Drummondville on Monday. There were reports that Archambault was seeking a two-way entry level NHL contract similar to the one signed by Chicoutimi’s Charles Hudon but the Canadiens were only prepared to offer an AHL/ECHL structured deal.
Archambault was drafted by the Canadiens in the fourth round two years ago. Last season he scored 32 goals and 34 assists in 64 games in the QMJHL. When his season ended, he played ten games with Hamilton registering 1 goal and 1 assist.
Archambault, as a 20-year old can be redrafted. In the likelihood that doesn’t happen he would then be able to negotiate a free agent contract anywhere. Unlike unsigned first round choice David Fischer, there will be no compensatory draft pick coming back to the Canadiens as a result of the decision to not sign him. The NHL compensatory rule involves only unsigned first round draft choices. Fischer was drafted 20th overall. Under the rules, the Canadiens would have received the 20th overall pick in the second round, 50th choice. That choice had been traded to the Islanders in return for James Wiesniewski.
A sidelight on the Archambault draft pick. The Winnipeg Jets traded up to get the 77th overall pick in 2011 giving the Canadiens two fourth round picks. The Habs took defenceman Josiah Didier (96th) and Archambault (107th). Didier, a defenceman, is playing for Denver University and is considered a solid prospect.