The Wild continued to address its future while the current season is paused during the coronavirus pandemic, signing prospect goalie Hunter Jones to a three-year, entry-level contract Thursday.
Jones is coming off his third season with Peterborough in the Ontario Hockey League and went 31-14-3 with a 2.75 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and four shutouts in 49 games. He finished second in the OHL in shutouts, fourth in wins and goals-against average and fifth in save percentage. Over his last three starts, Jones stopped 97 of 99 shots.
A 6-foot-4, 202-pound native of Brantford, Ont., Jones was named the OHL Goaltender of the Month for October and represented Team OHL in the 2019 CIBC Canada Russia Series.
Overall, the 19-year-old is 62-47-7 with a 3.31 goals-against average, .901 save percentage and seven shutouts in 121 career games with Peterborough.
Drafted in the second round, 59th overall, in 2019 by the Wild, Jones was one of two goalies taken by the Wild last year; Filip Lindberg (in the seventh round) was the other. It was the first time the Wild added to its goaltending pipeline through the draft since 2015 (Ales Stezka).