Monday, January 10, 2011

Port Huron native Archibald to Spirit

The Saginaw Spirit have completed a trade with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, acquiring top-flight defenseman and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Brandon Archibald in return for winger Michael Kantor.

The Spirit also sent the Hounds a fourth round pick in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection, a sixth round pick in 2013 and a second round pick in 2014.

The trade for Archibald comes on the heels of an earlier trade that saw the Spirit add another highly touted defenseman in Dalton Prout, who is also a Blue Jackets draft pick.

Archibald hails from Port Huron and was the 94th overall pick of Columbus in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The 1992-born defenseman has posted two goals and 17 assists for 19 points in 37 regular season games this season and seven goals and 53 assists for 60 points in 166 regular season games during his three year OHL career.

He played in the Detroit Honeybaked midgets before being chosen by Sault Ste. Marie with the 29th overall pick in the 2008 OHL Priority Selection. Archibald, an alternate captain with the Greyhounds this season, also played in the 2010 CHL Top Prospects game, with Team USA at the 2009 Under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and was invited to USA Hockey’s 2010 National Junior Team Evaluation Camp.

Photo courtesy CHL Images

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