Francouz, 28, posted a 27-17-3 record in 49 games for the AHL’s Colorado Eagles in 2018-19. He recorded a 2.68 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage, which was tied for fifth in the league, and three shutouts. The Plzen, Czech Republic native also played in two contests for the Avalanche, both in relief appearances.
“We are excited to have Pavel back with the Avalanche organization for another year,” Avalanche executive vice president and general manager Joe Sakic said in a team release. “He had a very strong first season in North America last year, being named an AHL All-Star and leading the Eagles to the Calder Cup Playoffs. He brings extensive international experience and got a taste of the NHL last year and performed well.”
Prior to signing a one-year contract with the Avalanche on May 2, 2018, Francouz spent three seasons with Traktor Chelyabinsk of the KHL. He had a 15-11-5 record with a 1.80 goals-against average and a .946 save percentage in 2017-18 in Russia.