#4 – Tyson Jost, C – Penticton, BCHL

TSN – #11
Central Scouting – #16 NAS
ISS – #9
Craig Button – #11
McKeens – #15
THN – #11

POTENTIAL : Top-2 Two-way Center
CEILING: 1st Line C
FLOOR: 2nd / 3rd Line C

When I got my first look at Tyson Jost, I wasn’t sure what to expect. It’s always more difficult to gauge players who play in a league that’s a tier lower (BCHL) than guys in major junior but I got to see him play quite a bit at the U-18 tournament and he was a standout. The more I got to see him play, the more he won me over. He reminds me a lot of Ryan O’Reilly. Just like ROR his draft year, I find that Jost is underrated. I had O’Reilly ranked #24 in 2009 and firmly into my top-30 while most had him ranked as a 2nd round pick though I remember being somewhat concerned with his skating at the time. There is no such concern for Jost, the guy can just flat out play. He’s an incredibly smart and creative player and his compete level is through the roof, he just never gives up on plays. He sees the ice incredibly well and makes really good reads which leaves him rarely out of position.

For me, what separates him from the rest is his combination of smarts, two-way play and his ability to take over a game. (ATTOG ™ – I’d better trademark that *ahem* Corsi ;)) This guy has the ability to take over a game on his own which shows that he not only has the potential to be a great player but he has the potential to be a star.
I gauge this player’s floor at #3C though I’d be surprised if he only reached that level and I think he can be a #1C in the NHL someday so that’s the reason I have him ranked #4 in this year’s draft.


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