Sometimes it pays off to take an amateur tryout. Jon-Randall (JR) Avon has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers. He is currently in Flyers camp on an ATO and participated in the recent rookie camp for the team.
The 18-year-old Avon went undrafted this year after missing what was supposed to be his sophomore season in the OHL due to COVID restrictions. After registering just 11 points in 56 games for the Peterborough Petes as a rookie, there certainly wasn’t much to go on, but that was when he was just 16 and buried on the depth chart of a loaded forward group that included the likes Nick Robertson, Mason McTavish, and Akil Thomas.
He has obviously impressed the Flyers brass enough to earn an entry-level deal, which will add him to the organization, though obviously not guarantee him a spot with the team. Instead, Avon will return to the OHL this season where he can continue his development while the contract will slide forward and not burn its first year.