The Winnipeg Jets have gone to the farm. The club has announced the signing of forward Jeff Malott to a one-year, two-way modified contract. Unable to shape the deal as a standard entry-level contract due to Malott being 25 years old by the official signing date, the Jets and Malott came together on a contract that rewarded his time spent the Manitoba Moose this past season.
The undrafted 24-year-old will earn $780K next year if he sticks with the Jets out of training camp. However, if he ends up playing the season with Manitoba, he will take home $70K in the minors – which is still an increase from the American Hockey League contract he signed with the Moose back in early April of 2020.
Having spent the 2020-21 campaign in the ‘A’, Malott joined the team following four seasons with the NCAA’s Cornell University. He potted exactly six goals in each of his four campaigns down south, while earning 53 points and 135 penalty minutes in his 114 total games as a member of the Big Red. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound winger served as the captain in his final year at Cornell.
With the Moose, Malott saw a highly-productive 2020-21 campaign. He put up a team-leading 14 goals, while adding six assists for 20 total points. His 14 goals were ninth best in the league, while placing him second amongst all rookies. Malott also skated in four ECHL games for the Florida Everblades, collecting one point in the process.