Avalanche take center Tyson Jost in first round of NHL Draft

Jost is committed to play college hockey at North Dakota next year.

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The Colorado Avalanche selected 18-year-old Canadian Tyson Jost 10th in the NHL Draft on Friday.

Jost, a 5-foot-11, 194-pound center, plays for the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League. He is committed to play college hockey for North Dakota next year and is expected to continue the next phase of his burgeoning career there.

In 48 games with the Vees last season, Jost recorded 42 goals and 62 assists.

“He’s just a great hockey player,” Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said on the NBC Sports broadcast. “He just does everything well. He skates, he’s got great vision, he plays a great 200-foot game. We’re just very excited he was on the board and we were able to get him.

“His entire young career, he’s always been a leader. You cannot have enough character guys. He’s just a leader on the ice.”

Rounds 2-7 of the NHL Draft will continue tomorrow. Colorado has picks in the second, third, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds.