Kris Baker of SabresProspects.com has submitted his rankings of the Top 30 draft-eligible prospects of 2016. Check back each day as we prepare for the 2016 NHL Draft, which will be held at First Niagara Center here in Buffalo on June 24 and 25.
#11. Tyson Jost – C, Penticton (BCHL)
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A highly skilled scorer and leader, Jost makes an impact with his supreme blend of speed, smarts and the natural will to make a play virtually every time he hops over the boards.
It’s a cliché nowadays to say that a player “plays the game the right way”, but the determined Jost fits that description to a tee, giving NHL teams on the cusp of the Top 10 plenty to be excited about.
After piling up 104 points in just 48 games with the Penticton Vees to earn the RBC Canadian Junior Hockey League National Player of the Year, Jost leveraged the balanced two-way package to continue his two-plus points per game pace at the IIHF World Under-18 Championship, amassing 15 in seven games to break the previous Team Canada record set by Connor McDavid in 2013.
Jost is simply crafty and efficient in all three zones. His ability to buzz all over the ice should make for a very effective player as he builds up his body while managing primarily a weekend slate of games over the next couple of seasons with the defending national champion University of North Dakota.
There is little chance that he’s a three or four-year collegiate player, though, as the team spending a high pick on his dynamic talent will be ready to bring him into the fold sooner rather than later.
For more on all the youngsters in the Sabres pipeline and an updated organizational depth chart, check out Kris Baker’s website, SabresProspects.com. You can also follow him on Twitter (@SabresProspects).