With teams’ seasons starting to end, the signing season is heating up in college hockey and the NCHC has already bid farewell to three standouts.
Over the weekend, Minnesota Duluth’s Caleb Herbert signed with the Washington Capitals and Nebraska Omaha’s Josh Archibald signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins. On Monday, Colorado College rookie defenseman Gustav Olofsson signed with the Minnesota Wild.
Archibald, the son of former UND great Jim Archibald, was the NCHC player of the year, scoring 29 goals this season — a whopping 15 more than anyone else on his team. Omaha loses a lot of offense and speed with his signing. Omaha has another player that could sign early in defenseman Jaycob Megna.
Herbert was probably the most skilled of Duluth’s very talented forward group. He led the team in scoring with 31 points. Even with his signing, the Bulldogs still have a very skilled group coming back up front.
Olofsson was one of the key pieces to Colorado College’s strong, young defensive corps. It’s a tough hit for the Tigers, who were hoping to watch that group grow and continue to be the team’s strength. The Wild reportedly tried to get Olofsson to leave Colorado College after the World Juniors and go to the WHL. Olofsson declined. So, it’s no surprise the Wild came after him.
NCHC early signings
Colorado College (1)
Gustav Olofsson, fr, d, Minnesota Wild
Minnesota Duluth (1)
Caleb Herbert, jr, f, Washington Capitals
Nebraska Omaha (1)
Josh Archibald, jr, f, Pittsburgh Penguins