The Colorado Avalanche have added some more goaltending depth, signing Peyton Jones to a one-year contract for the 2020-21 season. Jones will be immediately assigned to the Colorado Eagles of the AHL.
Jones, 24, is coming off a strong four-year run with Penn State including a Hobey Baker nomination in 2020. The 6’3″ goaltender has suited up for eight games with the Utah Grizzlies this season after signing a two-year AHL contract last spring, but will get an unexpected opportunity to sign his first NHL deal in this unique season.
Though he isn’t expected to challenge for the starting role with the Avalanche, he could potentially serve as a taxi squad goaltender for the team as they deal with injuries. The club currently has Hunter Miska on the active roster and Adam Werner on the taxi squad, not leaving much for the Eagles to work with once their season begins. Jones could now potentially fill that taxi squad goaltender requirement at times, allowing the AHL netminders to get playing time in the minor leagues.