By: Mallards Communications Staff
09/29/2015 11:00 AM
The Quad City Mallards have acquired the ECHL rights to forward Olivier Archambault from the Alaska Aces in exchange for forward Joe Perry, the Mallards announced today.
As a rookie last season, the 22-year old Archambault split time between the Aces and the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild. The 6’ 0”, 190-pound, Le Gardeur, Quebec, native averaged a point per game in 38 outings for Alaska, scoring twenty goals and picking up 18 assists while posting a plus/minus rating of +7. Archambault scored scored four times and added five assists in 24 AHL games. He is currently skating in Iowa’s training camp.
Perry, 25, also split last season between the ECHL and Iowa. The 6’ 2”, 205-pound product of Nanaimo, British Columbia, scored 26 goals and added 17 assists for 43 points in 54 games with the Mallards. Perry also recorded a plus/minus rating of +15. He registered one assist in six AHL games last year. Perry and Archambault were Wild teammates in four of those tilts.
“You have to trade a good player to get someone good in return. Minnesota and Iowa both really like Archambault as a player and asked if we could try to acquire his ECHL rights,” said Mallards coach and general manager Terry Ruskowski. “We couldn’t come to an agreement on a contract with Joe so we decided the best scenario was a trade. I think Joe’s a great kid and a heck of a hockey player but, again, you have to give up quality to get quality.”
Archambault was selected by the Montreal Canadians in the fourth round of the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft with the one hundred eighth overall pick. He got his first taste of professional hockey when he notched a goal and an assist in ten games with the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs late in the 2012-13 season.
Archambault returned to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2013-14 to score 19 goals and collect 27 assists for 46 points in 38 games with the Quebec Ramparts. Archambault totaled 100 goals, 131 assists and 231 points in 270 career QMJHL games over five seasons with the Ramparts, Drummondville Voltigeurs and Val d’Or Foreurs.
The Mallards will begin their nineteenth season- and their second in the ECHL- on the road against the defending champion Allen Americans on Friday, October 16 before returning to the Quad Cities to play their home opener on Friday, October 23 at 7:05 p.m. against the Tulsa Oilers. Mallards 2015-16 season tickets are now available. Season ticket holders enjoy significant savings of the walk-up ticket price and receive a host of exclusive benefits. For more season ticket information, fans can contact the Mallards at 309-277-1364 or firstname.lastname@example.org.