Colorado Avalanche forward Tyson Jost is just getting his NHL legs, and that’s to the advantage of the team.
The Colorado Avalanche are about 42 days into their hockey hiatus per the NHL’s pause. They’re supposed to stay in self-isolation with their families until April 30.
Here in Colorado, safer at home is going to start to replace stay at home orders. We’re not going to be as paused as the NHL soon. However, hockey’s not returning until this summer at the earliest.
Meanwhile, we’re going to keep looking at how players were doing before the NHL put the season on pause. Here’s some of the players we’ve looked at:
Brief History of Tyson Jost
Tyson Jost took an alternate route to the NHL. Instead of going the major juniors route, he played in the BCHL for the Penticton Vees. He recorded extremely good numbers there, which is what got the attention of both the Colorado Avalanche and the University of North Dakota.
The Avalanche selected Jost with their 10th-overall pick in 2016. He had already committed to the prestigious hockey school in North Dakota, though, so he spent a season there. As a freshman, he recorded 35 points (16 goals, 19 assists) in 33 games.
That was the 48-point season, and the Avalanche asked Jost to join the NHL team. At the conclusion of the Fighting Sioux’ season, he did just that. He earned his first NHL goal four games into his NHL career against the Minnesota Wild.
Tyson Jost Stats with the Colorado Avalanche
Tyson Jost has played 208 NHL games, all of them with the Colorado Avalanche. In that time, he’s recorded 32 goals and 40 assists for 72 points, often with severely restricted ice time.
His career season was 26 points (11 goals, 15 assists) in 70 games last year. He was on pace to beat that, having 8 goals and 15 assists for 23 points with 12 games remaining — and him on a hot streak — before the pause.
This season, Tyson Jost recorded his first NHL hat trick:
Jost had help, but he also finished every single one of those goals the way he needed to.
Evaluation of Tyson Jost with the Colorado Avalanche
The picture of Tyson Jost eating a hot dog and flashing a thumbs up is back to being his profile pick on Wikipedia, and that tells you half of what you need to know about him.
Jost is one of the most polarizing players that’s ever played for the Avalanche. I’m just going to state the facts: By the age of 21, Jost has 32 NHL goals and 40 NHL assists in 208 NHL games — and an NHL hat trick is included in those tallies.
He is the kind of player you develop. He may always be streaky, but he is an NHL player. He can develop into a solid secondary scorer. He can also offer a rare quality that too many pundits and fans discount — chemistry. He’s glue in the locker room and a great ambassador to the game.
What’s more, he was just getting his NHL legs before the season went on pause. He had seven (3 goals, 4 assists) points in the last nine games. He also had four points (3 goals, 1 assist) in the 12 playoff games last season — those three goals came in a row in the second series.
Tyson Jost has and will make valuable contributions to this team. Quote me on that.
The Colorado Avalanche have some good tools in their tool box — and Tyson Jost is one of them.