He said many of the same things in last year’s training camp. Tyson Jost said he was confident, ready to have a year worthy of what made him a 10th overall pick in 2016, in the best shape of his life, ready to rock.
Then the regular season started and he posted one goal and one assist in the first 11 games, mostly as the team’s second-line center. By the middle of January, he was playing for the Colorado Eagles of the American Hockey League, a demotion that caused great consternation among the fan base, that maybe their Avs had a first-round bust on their hands.
What happened after that reaffirmed a lot of the faith the Avs’ front office has in the 21-year-old forward; Instead of pouting, Jost took what could have been a humiliating situation and turned it into a positive. He scored four goals in the eight games he played as an Eagle, then posted four points in the first five games with Colorado after being recalled. Then came the NHL playoffs, and Jost’s first experience with that.