The Colorado Avalanche lost another one-goal game on Thursday night, and were close to tying it. However, the silver lining is that Tyson Jost scored his first goal in the NHL.
Extra, extra, read all about Colorado Avalanche forward Tyson Jost’s first NHL goal! It didn’t take long for the young forward to get his first goal in the NHL, as he scored in only his fourth game.
That’s not as impressive as Brock Boeser — Jost’s teammate at UND this season — who of course scored in his first NHL game.
However, I must say that The Joster’s goal was more impressive than Boeser’s, but more on that later.
The fact of the matter is that the Avs have a lot to look forward to with Jost. And, while I was thinking that he may need AHL time next season before joining the NHL permanently, now I’m not so sure.
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Let’s get to the goal, shall we?
Tyson Jost Rips an Absolute Snipe Over Devan Dubnyk’s Shoulder
First of all, Tyson Jost has been getting better every single game. He’s starting to find his hands, and he’s also gaining the confidence to go out and make plays.
He’s also maintaining a stout defensive presence, with a 50.5 Corsi-for percentage over his first four contests. His face-off percentage has dipped to 38 percent, but that’s to be expected from a young player new to the NHL face-off dot.
Anyway, all his hard work was finally rewarded last night on this play:
Pure concentration. Not only does he have to follow the puck through Rocco Grimaldi’s legs, but he has to deal with a stick in his feet too. None of it phases Jost, as he picks his corner and goes right over Dubnyk’s shoulder. Perfect shot, and a moment he’ll remember forever.
You know who else is going to remember that moment forever? His Grandpa, who is quickly becoming a fan-favorite:
Tears of pure joy, and as Kyle Keefe and Mark Rycroft noted in the broadcast a few moments later, tears of genuine appreciation and happiness for his grandson. That’s a special moment.
Hopefully we see more of that from The Joster in the final two games of the season, and for years to come.
The Colorado Avalanche season is coming to a close, but there are definitely some bright spots for next season.
The emergence of Mikko Rantanen is one. J.T. Compher also now has four points in his last eight games. I could go on and on about Sven Andrighetto because he has been the most impressive Avs’ player since the trade deadline.
Nikita Zadorov was also starting to come on before getting injured. Rocco Grimaldi looks like he could be a player in the NHL too. And of course, there’s always Nathan MacKinnon and that breakout campaign everyone is waiting on.
Oh yeah, and we have a real high draft pick this summer.
And, now Tyson Jost has his first NHL goal.
The point is, the future is bright in Colorado, so even after a dismal season, there is reason to believe that this team could compete pretty tenaciously next year. I’m not saying they will be playoff contenders, but I’m not going to leave that option off the table. It just all depends on how they handle the offseason.