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Tyson Jost practices with team

After sitting out the early parts of training camp and preseason, the top prospect is returning to practice

NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Minnesota Wild Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Avalanche got their second piece of good news late this week, with confirmation that forward Tyson Jost is participating in Friday’s practice and seems to be on the mend.

Jost has been limited in his participation for the Avalanche through the early weeks of training camp and preseason, dealing with a groin injury suffered during the team’s Rookie Showcase in California.

Now, though, he’s back:

While the team had insisted that the 19-year-old 2016 first-round pick wasn’t dealing with anything too serious, it’s still a relief to see him return to the ice with his teammates ahead of the upcoming season. After a 48-point campaign for the Avalanche this past year, they’ll need all the help they can get to launch themselves back into a competitive state for the 2017-18 run.

That, likely, includes Jost playing a significant role. The St. Albert, Alberta native put up 35 points in 33 games with the University of North Dakota during his freshman college hockey campaign last year, and is expected to make an immediate impact at the NHL level.

Jost’s return to practice comes just a day after the team took home a confidence-inspiring 5-1 win over the Dallas Stars in Thursday’s preseason tilt, which saw strong showings from both the trade-talk-plagued Matt Duchene and fallen Edmonton Oilers favorite Nail Yakupov on the team’s ‘top’ line.

Expect, if Jost is able to practice at this point in the preseason, for the rookie to make an appearance in the team’s opening night lineup.