Jacob MacDonald has been impressive in the minors, so the Avalanche rewarded him with a two-year deal. Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Avalanche have reached another extension with a minor-league standout, inking Jacob MacDonald to a two-year contract. The deal comes after the team extended T.J. Tynan Thursday, and secures the Colorado Eagles will have their top two offensive weapons again next season. MacDonald was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer but will now remain under contract through the 2021-22 season.

While MacDonald may be listed as a defenseman on the release, he’s been much more than that for the Eagles this season. Thanks to the injuries that the Avalanche were dealing with, the Eagles were at times short on capable forwards. That’s when they turned to MacDonald, who moved up and became one of the team’s key offensive contributors. In 56 games with the Eagles this season, the 27-year-old has 42 points, only a few shy of Tynan’s 47. The idea that he can play both positions successfully makes him even more valuable, but there could even be more than just the AHL in his future.

Though he may have only two games at the NHL level in his career, MacDonald has been so successful in the minor leagues he may be fighting for a roster spot with the Avalanche at some point. The team does have several players headed for free agency, including Mark Barberio and Kevin Connauton who will both be unrestricted. Even Nikita Zadorov, who is still a restricted free agent, could have an uncertain future with the club thanks to his cost. The 24-year-old would need a $3.2M qualifying offer, a number that becomes a little trickier to swallow should the salary cap stay flat (or even decrease) thanks to lost revenue.

Even without an NHL opportunity, it’s obvious that MacDonald can be an asset for the Colorado organization.

This article first appeared on Pro Hockey Rumors and was syndicated with permission.

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Can you name the player with the most career points for every NHL franchise?

An asterisk (*) indicates the player never played for the franchise in its current location.

ANA / 988 / RW
Teemu Selanne
ARZ / 972 / RW
Shane Doan
BOS / 1,506 / D
Ray Bourque
BUF / 1,326 / C
Gilbert Perreault
CAR / 1,175 / C
Ron Francis
CGY / 1,095 / RW
Jarome Iginla
CHI / 1,467 / C
Stan Mikita
CBJ / 547 / LW
Rick Nash
COL / 1,641 / C
Joe Sakic
DAL / 1,359 / C
Mike Modano
DET / 1,809 / RW
Gordie Howe
EDM / 1,669 / C
Wayne Gretzky
FLA / 419 / C
Olli Jokinen
LA / 1,307 / C
Marcel Dionne
MIN / 688 / C
Mikko Koivu
MTL / 1,246 / RW
Guy Lafleur
NSH / 566 / C
David Legwand
NJ / 1,025 / LW
Patrik Elias
NYI / 1,353 / C
Bryan Trottier
NYR / 1,021 / RW
Rod Gilbert
OTT / 1,108 / RW
Daniel Alfredsson
PHI / 1,210 / C
Bobby Clarke
PIT / 1,723 / C
Mario Lemieux
SJ / 1,082 / C
Patrick Marleau
STL / 1,073 / C
Bernie Federko
TB / 953 / RW
Martin St. Louis
TOR / 987 / C
Mats Sundin
VAN / 1,070 / C
Henrik Sedin
VGK / 134 / C
William Karlsson
WAS / 1,211 / LW
Alexander Ovechkin
WPG* / 615 / LW
Ilya Kovalchuk

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