FELDY: Brainerd senior forward Josh Archibald, who would have been the MVP of the Kiwanis/Think Bank Festival in December at Graham Arena, if such an award existed, has verbally committed to play college hockey at one of the WCHA's newest schools, Nebraska-Omaha.
This article at mnhockeyhub.com says Archibald intends to begin his college career next season, which is a bit of a surprise considering he told more than one media outlet in December (including me, during the Kiwanis Festival) that he would be better off playing a year of junior hockey before jumping to college. Perhaps the ability to play right away (for a team that could well contend for a conference title next season) enticed him.
It's hard to argue with his decision. UNO has clearly fit right in in the WCHA and head coach Dean Blais can work wonders with a college hockey team. Plus, Archibald already is a terrific skater and has a D-I caliber shot. He'll probably need to live in the weight room between now and next fall, but he has all the qualities needed to be a good college hockey player.
Archibald also visited Bemidji State and North Dakota, where his father and Brainerd's current head coach, Jim, played.
Josh Archibald is seventh in the state in scoring (21-34--55) and fourth in assists (34). He is the second good recruit out of Minnesota to land with UNO in the past week. Eden Prairie defenseman Nick Seeler also committed to the Mavericks.