Today, we’re going to look at center/left winger Tyson Jost. The young forward completely destroyed the British Columbia Hockey League this year, easily one of, if not the best player. Jost decided against the traditional junior hockey route, and will attend North Dakota next season. He’s a very exciting hockey player, and has worked his way up draft boards since the season started. Find out more about Jost below!
Position: Center/Left Wing
From: St. Albert, AB, CAN
Weight: 192 lbs
The rankings provided are the most recent rankings at the time of this writing.
ISS Hockey: 9th
Craig Button: 13th
The Draft Analyst: 13th
Future Considerations: 13th
Bob McKenzie: 11th
Draft Buzz: 7th
McKeen’s Hockey: 15th
NHL Central Scouting: 16th (NA Skaters)
It’s been a reoccurring theme in these profiles, but Jost’s rankings are somewhat all over the place. His highest ranking is 7th by Draft Buzz, and his lowest ranking is 16th by NHL Central Scouting. As I’ve stated in previous prospect profiles, the top 3 players in the draft are European skaters, so the NHL Central Scouting ranking is really like 19th. There are some mock’s that have Jost going to the Devils at 11, if that’s worth anything.
Oh man, Jost produces A TON of points. You can see that’s been a steady point producer throughout his career. Yes, bantam leagues aren’t the best indicator for stats, but it’s still something that shows the kid can and has produced. His first full season with the Penticton Vees was a good one, as he put up 45 points in 46 games. His 0.98 points per game average is extremely solid, especially since the BCHL has a bunch of older players in the league. His second season was just insane. His 104 points in 48 games was good for a 2.17 PPG clip, which is incredible. He lead the league in point per game average, and was third overall in points. Both players ahead of him are three years older. He’s had good playoffs as well, recently putting up 14 points in 11 games (1.27 PPG).
Jost has represented Canada internationally during his young career, most recently at the U18 World Championship. He was the leading scorer of the tournament with 15 points in 7 games. That stat line was good enough to break Connor McDavid’s Team Canada record for most points in a tournament. Some other international tournaments Jost has participated in are the U17 World Hockey Challenge and the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup.
We’re going to look at quotes from Future Considerations, Elite Prospects, and The Draft Analyst. Steve’s from the Draft Analyst is the longest, so we’ll save that for last. For now, we’re going to look at what Future Considerations had to say about Jost in 2015.
“A speedy and skilled fleet of foot forward who just produces points. An agile and slippery skater who has a low centre of gravity and strong balance which he uses to protect the puck. He is a dangerous playmaker who sees the ice and reads developing lanes quickly. Has a very quick shot that fools goaltenders with its surprisingly hard velocity. Tries to play defensive responsible but still has some lessons to learn in that regard.”
Future Considerations mentions how he produces points, which isn’t something we really need to go over again, but boy is it nice to look at in a potential Devils pick. The first thing I want to look at is the point about his defense. I like that he tries to be responsible defensively, and that’s more of a learning curve than anything else. You can teach someone how to be responsible in their own end, but you can’t teach them how to see and read the ice as well as Jost does. His shot is quick and if it’s fooling goalies, that’s a plus.
The next quote to look at is this one from Elite Prospects. Curtis Joe had this to say about Jost earlier this year:
“Tyson Jost is a crafty goal-scorer that carries out plays as quickly as he envisions them. As someone who thinks and plays at a fast tempo, it comes as no surprise that he creates a lot of energy as an offensive catalyst. He sees the ice very well and has the willingness and determination to win battles in the tough areas. All-in-all, a dynamic offensive forward with top-6 potential at the next level.”
The thing that stands out the most here is the word “dynamic.” If he can put all these skills together in the NHL, he could be an absolute stud. Obviously it’s yet to be seen if he can, but quotes like this are encouraging. He plays at a high tempo and can create offense, which I can’t state enough how important that is. Curtis also mentions how he sees the ice well, which is something mentioned by Future Considerations. Thinking the game at a high level is important, especially if you want to succeed in the NHL.
Our final quote is from Steve at The Draft Analyst. Steve said something very interesting about Jost, and that’s what I want to focus on. Steve said:
“We consider the North Dakota-bound Jost a deceptive prospect, and it had nothing to do with playing in the less-visible BCHL. He is a star on the ice without question, and nobody can deny his high standing as one of the draft’s super-skilled puck wizards. So what keeps him off the radar? Well, we’re talking about on the ice, people. And lets just say his opponents have trouble dealing with his elite anticipation skills and prodigious instincts on a nightly basis. Jost is a shark, appearing out of nowhere with speed and tenacity to ruin the breakout play a coach worked on for weeks. Once the puck is on his stick is where his artistry comes to the forefront, as he protects it with his head up while travelling at a high rate of speed before shifting down a gear, curling and weaving in and around the offensive zone for as long as he has to. His coach can convey simple marching orders to his players when it’s Jost’s turn on the ice — Get open…he’ll find you.”
Okay, you read that? Now read it again. Now read it a third time. Hell, read it a fourth time if you want, the point is, Steve says some GREAT things about Jost. I like how he calls him a star on the ice, as people have questioned his skills since he did play in the BCHL, which isn’t as good as the Western Hockey League. Steve makes sure to point out that it doesn’t matter, the kid is freaking good. He uses the word “prodigious” to describe his instincts. All three quotes we’ve looked at have praised Jost for his vision and instinct on the ice, but Steve’s really goes in on that. This quote gets me excited about Jost as a player, even if he isn’t drafted by the Devils. If you read this quote without knowing the context, you’d think this kid is a top 5 pick. Jost clearly has the skill and hockey IQ to play in the NHL. His first year at North Dakota will be interesting to follow, just to see what he does against better and bigger competition.
Scoring Line’s Opinion
Jost is my 1B pick for the Devils, with Keller being 1A. I would be beyond excited if he is picked by the Devils. If both Jost and Keller are there, I wouldn’t be upset with either. Jost is just that good of a player. He destroyed the BCHL this year, and he’s more than likely going to succeed at North Dakota, which is a perfect place for a prospect to play. Jost would easily become the second best prospect in the system. He’s got the skill and he’s got the size. I think that if he plays in the WHL this year, we’re looking at a potential top 5 or top 7 pick in the draft. I think it’s a safe bet that he’s available at 11, I just think it depends on who else is there with him. The kid looks like he can become a special player, and for a team that’s devoid of potential top 6 forward prospects, he’s something the Devils need to get with this pick. He’s one of the only players I’d be happy with being taken over Keller (if he’s available). Basically, I’d be beyond happy to see Jost as a Devils prospect.
(Photo courtesy of Dan Hickling)