Chances are that sometime over the last week you’ve heard Tyson Jost’s name, possibly for the first time, and possibly in relation to him breaking Connor McDavid’s Canadian scoring record at the IIHF U18 World Championships. But you may be wondering—is he the real deal?
Spoiler: the answer is yes. He is.
The 6’0”, 190 pound center from Kelowna, British Columbia racked himself up quite the list of accomplishments this season. In 48 regular season games with the Penticton Vees of the BCHL, Jost had 104 points (42 goals, 62 assists), good for third in league scoring, and was named BCHL MVP.
In 11 playoff games, he racked up 14 points (6 goals, 8 assists). He also won gold with Canada at the Ivan Hlinka summer tournament, and gold with Canada West at the World Jr. A Challenge, where he was named tournament MVP.
Ranked 15th by Central Scouting at midterms, and 16th in the final rankings, Jost has been consistently ranked in a position that would have him taken in the latter half of the first round, including being ranked 18th by ISS Hockey.
Jost just finished playing at the IIHF U18 World Championships, where he broke McDavid’s Canadian scoring record, and the way he played is eliminating questions in some scouts’ minds. There were concerns about the level of competition he faced in the BCHL, but his performance at the U18s has been solid.
Thursday night he even netted a hat trick with three goals scored three ways—one at even-strength, one on the man advantage, and one shorthanded.
He’s a smart player who has a knack for knowing what’s going to happen on a play before it happens, and he doesn’t try to force plays that aren’t there—for example, he won’t force a neutral zone play if he has no space. A hard worker who’s good at reading his options, Jost is incredibly skilled with the puck and his instincts and ability to anticipate plays are elite.
Jost has been described as fast, tenacious, determined, and dynamic. He protects and controls the puck well, knowing exactly where he needs to go with it and what he needs to do—and he does this in all three zones. He has a terrific, and accurate, shot, but is just as good at making a passing play. Despite his game being skill-focused, he doesn’t avoid physical play. When other players try to knock him off the puck, he holds onto it well.
Essentially, Jost is a crafty, creative offensive player who has the necessary tools to be a contributor in the top 6 of an NHL team down the road.
Right now, however, his sights are set on NCAA hockey. He’s had his eye on North Dakota for years—retaining his college eligibility, after all, is the reason he played BCHL hockey rather than playing in the WHL—and is thrilled to be joining them next season, barring the NHL team who drafts him having other plans and convincing him to go along with those plans.
If Jost does join the Fighting Hawks next season he’ll be playing on the same team, and potentially the same line, as Canucks prospect Brock Boeser, and the two of them are likely to terrorize other schools. Might this cause the Canucks to consider taking a look at Jost in June?
It wouldn’t be surprising to see Jost taken inside the top 20, but a team should definitely pick him up in the first round. Underrating him simply because he played this season in the BCHL would be a mistake.