Forward Scott Wilson (20G-14A-34Pts) – 20 Goals in 33 games, Wilson has 9 goals and 15 points in his last 12 AHL games. Despite the elite level production this season and grit he brings to the table, the likes of Conor Sheary and Tom Kuhnhackl remain ahead of him on the organizational depth chart for now.
Forward Josh Archibald (8G-4A-12Pts) – Archibald scored 5 goals in his first 73 career regular season AHL games and had zero goals in his first 25 games this season. Scoring his eighth goal of the season tonight vs the Phantoms, Archibald now has 8 goals in the month of January over 13 games (13 goals in 90 career games) Archibald is an interesting prospect. Great speed, instincts, has good role player type capabilities that the Penguins have felt could translate well to the NHL level despite his size.
Archibald put up excellent offensive numbers in college and leaving school early like Scott Wilson did, the Penguins as of early last season viewed Archibald as a slightly better prospect than Wilson with more offensive potential. It’s been the opposite in that spectrum.
While the production for Wilson has been above expectations, the production at the AHL level for Archibald has been underwhelming until this month. Wilson produces a lot of shots, Archibald’s been a player who doesn’t produce a lot of shots. Archibald has eight goals on just 27 shots, meaning his surge this month is likely unsustainable. On the season Archibald has 58 shots in 37 games. Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"