The Minnesota Wild are still hard at work improving their organizational depth, this time signing prospect goaltender Hunter Jones to a three-year entry-level contract. Jones’ season with the Peterborough Petes of the OHL was recently cut short, but he’ll instead get to enjoy the feeling of signing his first professional contract.
Jones was selected 59th overall in the 2019 draft, the fourth goaltender off the board. The 6’4″ netminder from Brantford, Ontario was having an excellent season for the Petes, recording a 31-14-3 record with a .913 save percentage. Jones will be eligible for the AHL next season given his 20th birthday comes before the season begins, but he could also return to the OHL to develop further against players his own age.
The Wild do already have some other options for their AHL net, and it is hard to see how another year in Peterborough would hurt Jones’ long-term outlook. Regardless of where he ends up, the future looks bright for the big goaltender.