Former Penn State hockey goalie and long-time starter Peyton Jones became the ninth program alum to sign an NHL deal on Thursday as he signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Colorado Avalanche.
As stated, Jones will report to the Avalanche's AHL affiliate, the Colorado Eagles. He'll likely slot in as Adam Werner's backup for now, with Hunter Miska ahead of them both on the taxi squad once Pavel Francouz returns from injury for the Avs.
Jones will have to show very well to have any shot at playing time given that he is currently buried a bit on the depth chart. However, starting goalie Phillip Grubauer has struggled to stay healthy in the past, Francouz is currently injured, and Werner had some injury issues last season, as well. Jones proved himself quite durable during his Penn State career, which could serve him well in a shortened season with a tightened schedule.
Jones previously was playing with the Utah Grizzlies (ECHL), where he had a 4-2-0 record and a 3.10 GAA and a .889 save percentage.
He is, unsurprisingly, Penn State's all-time leader in wins, saves, and games started. He's also the all-time leader in Big Ten conference wins with 42. His career collegiate record ended at 76-44-11.