Eagles bolster blue line with Peto
WINDSOR, Colo. - The Colorado Eagles announced today the signing of defenseman Kyle Peto.
Peto has played two previous seasons in the ECHL, winning a Kelly Cup championship with the Idaho Steelheads in 2006-07 and splitting the 2008-09 season with the Florida Everblades and the Mississippi Sea Wolves, leading the latter's d-men in scoring with 24 points (4g-20a) in 59 games. In 112 total games in the ECHL, Peto has registered 48 points (13g-35a) and 106 PIMs.
The 6-foot, 187-pound defenseman has spent his past two seasons in the CHL, playing for the Corpus Christi Icerays in 2009-10 before joining the Eagles last season. In each of those two seasons, Peto again led his teams' defensive corps in scoring, accumulating 46 points (13g-33a) in 64 games with the Icerays, and 54 points (7g-47a) in 63 games with the Eagles. In 127 games in the CHL, Peto has racked up 99 points (20g-79a) and 95 PIMs.
Peto played in the 2010 CHL All-Star Game, registering three assists and a game-high +4 plus/minus rating. He finished both of his seasons in the CHL as the league's third-highest scoring defenseman, and tied for the league lead among blueliners last year in assists (46). Peto has proven to be especially potent on the power play; of his 99 points the past two seasons, 53 have come on the man advantage (54%).
Prior to turning pro, Peto played four seasons at Minnesota State University (Mankato), tallying 78 points (14g-64a) and 151 PIMs in 111 games.