The Colorado Avalanche didn’t give their fans much reason to celebrate this season, as they ended the regular season dead last in the NHL standings. However, 19-year-old Tyson Jost was able to provide fuel for the future last week.
The 2016 10th overall pick saw his college season end recently, which meant the University of North Dakota standout was free to sign with the team that drafted him. After signing with the Avalanche, Jost appeared in his first NHL contest on March 31 in a 2-1 shootout win against the St. Louis Blues.
It took about 3 1/2 games for the rookie to net his first goal, putting his team on the board against division-rival Minnesota, at 5:44 of the second period.
While team captain Gabriel Landeskog broke in on the left side of the rink with a swarm of Wild players around him, Jost slyly skated in on the far side of the offensive zone. With the Wild players converging on the gifted winger, Jost and teammate Rocco Grimaldi shifted toward the net. Landeskog threw a pass to the middle, which was tipped by Grimaldi perfectly to an open Jost, who had to contend with a broken stick laying on the ice. Once he received the pass, the talented prospect cradled and fired a shot high to the glove side to beat Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk and cut the Wild’s lead to 2-1.
Although the Wild held on for a 4-3 victory, Jost’s goal is a sign of things to come for the Avalanche. The British Columbia-born prospect is touted as an adept offensive player with high-level defensive prowess. Include the top-three pick the Avalanche are to receive in this upcoming draft and the two-time Cup-winning franchise could soon be back to the glory days.
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