DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed defenseman Keaton Middleton to a one-year contract through the 2022-23 season.
Middleton, 24, competed in 49 games for the Avs’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Colorado Eagles, in 2021-22, recording 11 points (2g/9a) and a +10 plus/minus rating. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound blueliner also appeared in nine Calder Cup Playoff outings, tallying four points (1g/3a) and a +8 rating. He has totaled 43 points (12g/31a) in 173 career regular-season AHL contests with the Eagles and the San Jose Barracuda, where he spent the 2018-19 and 2019-20 campains. Middleton has added eight points (3g/5a) in 15 total postseason contests.
During the 2020-21 season, Middleton made his first NHL appearance and skated in three outings with the Colorado Avalanche. He made his NHL debut on April 9 at Anaheim.
Selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the fourth round (101st overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft, Middleton played four seasons for the Ontario Hockey League’s Saginaw Spirit, collecting 58 points (11g/47a) in 255 career outings while serving as team captain in his final two seasons. The Stratford, Ontario, native added two points (0g/2a) in 12 career playoff games with Saginaw.
Middleton suited up for Team Canada White at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, notching one point (0g/1a) in five games.