Tyson Jost just can’t catch a break. Just as it looked like he was starting to find his game with the Colorado Eagles in the AHL, Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar told the media Jost has sustained an injury and will be on the shelf for a while.
Jost was expected to be called up for the game against Vancouver tomorrow - to the point that his equipment was in his usual locker at the Pepsi Center today - but now the timeline for his return to the NHL is in question.
As of now, the team isn’t releasing any more information, but Jost left the game last Saturday night after he took a big hit from Ontario Reign defender Kurtis McDermid. The hit looks to be shoulder to shoulder, so hopefully it’s not a head injury but you never know. All the team is telling us is that he will be out for a while.
This is incredibly bad timing for the 20-year old who looked to be finding his game in the AHL. Jost scored twice in the game Saturday night making it three goals in his last two games. He’s looked comfortable with his top line role with the Eagles and the hope was that his confidence was restored in time for a return to the NHL this weekend.
Jost has had a very disappointing start to his NHL career. He has only 19 goals and 38 points through 114 NHL games. The trip to the minors was supposed to be one that helped the former 10th overall pick gain some confidence and find his game. This outcome is the worst case scenario.
Hopefully Jost isn’t on the shelf long and that when he returns to the lineup - whether it be with the Eagles or the Avalanche - he can continue to build on the stellar play we saw from him over the past two weeks.