Hockey Canada released its list of players invited to its annual National Teams' Summer Showcase today, and Colorado Avalanche forward Tyson Jost is among those expected to attend.
The organization requested the presence of 42 players--four goaltenders, 13 blueliners and 25 forwards--to participate in the National Junior Team Summer Development Camp in Plymouth, Michigan. The event is a precursor to the National Junior Team selection camp in December, and it allows Hockey Canada officials to identify players they may want to represent the country at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, New York, in December and January.
"[It] gives our management team, coaches, and staff a chance to develop, first and foremost, what we feel is our top talent in Canada, and evaluate those players as we look to put together winning teams throughout the upcoming season," said Scott Salmond, Hockey Canada's vice president of hockey operations and national teams, in a release. "It's a great opportunity for these players who are working towards earning a chance to wear the Team Canada jersey…"
Selected in the first round (No. 10 overall) at the 2016 NHL Draft, Jost recently completed his freshman season with the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks. He registered 35 points (16 goals, 19 assists) in 33 games before the squad was defeated by the Boston University Terriers in double overtime in the NCAA West Regional in Fargo, North Dakota. Jost finished second on the team in points, goals (tied) and assists, and shared the club lead with five power-play goals before opting to turn pro.
Pleased with the way he was developing, the 19-year-old native of St. Albert, Alberta, signed his entry-level contract on March 29 and made his NHL debut two days later versus the St. Louis Blues. He played in the club's final six games of the season and recorded his first NHL goal in the home finale against the Minnesota Wild on April 6.
Jost is no stranger to representing his homeland in international competition, as he helped Team Canada to a silver medal at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in Montreal, Quebec, and Toronto, Ontario, this past January. The 5-foot-11, 191-pound center tallied four points (one goal, three assists) in seven games during the tournament.
He also captained Team Canada at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship in Grand Forks, North Dakota, where he led the entire tournament in scoring with 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in seven games. His 15 points established a Canadian record at that event, surpassing the previous mark set by Connor McDavid (14) in 2013. Jost was selected as the tournament's "Best Forward" and was also named to the All-Star Team.