A combination of speed and skill, Archambault is a water bug on the ice, always moving and always looking to get involved offensively. A playmaker with an excellent shot and great scoring instincts, he lacks the size and strength to fight through checks, but has too much raw offensive talent to be ignored. Needs to round out his game
This draft was devotd to Dmen, big Dmen. If half of them come through the Habs should be set for years at that position. I suppose 2012 will be devoted to forwards. Considering that the Habs had a midling pick in the 1st round and no 2nd or 3rd rounders they did very well. For those who demanded they draft forwards, just remember that quality forwards didn't just burst at the seems eager to be let out when Timmins picked. The available Dmen offered greater value. So if changes are to be made at the forward position for the 2011-12 season they'll have to come from trades or UFA signings.
Olivier Archambault, LW
2010-11 Team: Val d’Or (QMJHL)
The Val d’Or Foreurs demolished just about every stereotype out there about QMJHL teams during their 2010-11
campaign. Just six Val d’Or skaters registered double-digits in goals and allowed only 55 goals more than they
scored while tolling the third-most penalty minutes in the league. Unfortunately, that approach did not work for the
Foreurs in the QMJHL post-season, as they were unceremoniously ousted in four games. But through it all,
sophomore Olivier Archambault was a consistent factor. Second on the club in goals and points during both the
regular season and playoffs, the 5’11 170 lbs winger added plenty of panache and skill despite being one of the
team’s few offensive weapons. A dazzling player below the dots, Archambault’s goals were often of the highlightreel
variety as he used head fakes and quick dekes to fool goalies and defenders alike. On the playmaking side,
Archambault used his reputation as a scorer to pull coverage to his wing before sliding over picture-perfect passes to
his open linemates. At 5’9 and 157 lbs when he was the first overall pick at the 2009 QMJHL Bantam Draft,
Archambault has filled out slightly in the two years since. Strong and agile on his skates thanks to a lower center of
gravity, Archambault possesses good speed but lacks that truly elite gear most successful smaller players have. Upside: Top-six forward, 25-30-55+
Projected Round: 2nd. Archambault gives a shot of skill to any prospect pool lacking in that department. The
Blackhawks don’t traditionally draft from the Q but this is a time they might.
I've been scouting for HockeyProspect.com, a radio broadcaster for a Q team which I won't name here and doing a couple of scouting reports for pro teams this year so I know most of the Q players' strength and weaknesses on my fingers and if I can just talk about the Q players the Habs took I'm gonna say it wouldn't have been my choices.
Olivier Archambault is a high risk high reward kind of pick there. I personnally would have chosen another player because we all know size on offense is an issue right now for the Habs and Archambault certainly won't help. He certainly has with Huberdeau the best stickhandling abilities in this draft for the Q players, he can find himself space through traffic very easily and he has a very nice speed burst in the offensive zone that most of the time takes defenseman off guard. He has dazzling moves and a great release on the wrist shot, he plays a very spectacular brand of hockey. Probably one of the best players on 1-on-1 situations, so much creativity and also great execution on most plays. He is also pretty solid for a small player and he has the ability to win battles on the boards. Major issues with him is that he plays a sellfish game, tries to do it all by himself sometimes when a better use of teammates would help him, lack of implication in physical games, bad work ethic on some nights and he has also had attitude issues in the Q with the Foreurs which has led them to trading him at the Q draft 2 weeks ago. He understands the game pretty well and knows how to position himself in the D-zone but sometimes it just seems as if he doesn't care and doesn't want to sacrifice for his team. If the mental aspect of his game can get better, this guy has the tools to be a Patrick Kane kind of guy with all his natural raw talent.
good skill level but big question mark as far as his attitude goes. had 2 very average year in Val d'Or and won't be miss by anybody there. he's a high risk pick and maybe a change of scenery in jr would woke him up. Drumondville organisation do not take any BS from his player
“I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time and to hear the Canadiens call my name was really exciting,” described Archambault, who was emotional after being drafted by his childhood team. “I still can’t believe it when I look down and see I’m wearing this jersey – it’s a dream come true. I used to go to games at the Bell Centre as a kid and now the idea that I could skate on that ice someday is just incredible. I’ll be working hard for the next few years to earn my shot with the Canadiens.