Flames Darkhorse Targets 2016: Tyson Jost

Tyson Jost, a mid-first round projection for 2016, is our next prospect target. There’s little chance he is legitimately in the sixth overall conversation but his stock rose after an exceptional U18 tournament and he is the most highly-touted prospect to come out of the BCHL since Kyle Turris, who went third overall in 2007, so let’s dive into the player.

Jost is a native of St. Albert, AB but has spent the past half decade in the Kelowna area, chasing the hockey dream. Jost was born March 17, 1998 (not an old player in the draft but not a young one either) and is average sized, by hockey standards, standing 5’11” and weighing 190 pounds. He just completed his second season with the Penticton Vees of the BCHL where he posted 104 points (42 goals and 62 assists) in 48 games (2.17 points per game). He has committed to the University of North Dakota for the 2016-17 season.

Jost served as the captain of the Vees this season and, as somewhat of a surprise to many, made Canada’s U18 team and served as captain there as well. He did not disappoint in the tournament, registering 15 points in seven games (breaking Connor McDavid’s record for points in the U18 tournament) and was named the MVP of the tournament. 

Jost is a very interesting case and has a background that isn’t very typical of first round selections in the NHL. Unlike 95% of elite Canadian junior hockey players that are eventually drafted into the NHL, Jost played in the BCHL system rather than one of the three CHL Leagues (WHL, OHL and QMJHL). However, he was also drafted by the USHL’s Bloomington Thunder (generally thought of as a much higher calibre hockey program than the BCHL) as a 16-year-old, but chose to stay with the Penticton Vees. 

Jost’s upbringing was also atypical from the average hockey player. Jost’s mother, Laura, raised him and his sister alone as a single mother, with the help of his grandparents. Jost didn’t have the prototypical hockey dad pushing him through hockey and showing him the way but it seems he didn’t need it. Laura is described as an incredibly hard-working fitness enthusiast with a sound knowledge of hockey and has passed along such qualities to Tyson. By all accounts, he is an extremely hard-working player, does whatever it takes to succeed and has great hockey sense and a nose for scoring goals.

SCOUTING REPORTS

“Because of where he plays, Jost has been forced to prove himself over and over again to some pundits this season. Well, the University of North Dakota commit leads Canada in offense at the under-18s with eight points in three games, so that should probably do it, right?” – Ryan Kennedy, The Hockey News

“Tyson Jost is a crafty goal-scorer that carries out plays as quickly as he envisions them. As someone who thinks and plays at a fast tempo, it comes as no surprise that he creates a lot of energy as an offensive catalyst. He sees the ice very well and has the willingness and determination to win battles in the tough areas. All-in-all, a dynamic offensive forward with top-6 potential at the next level.” – Curtis Joe, Elite Prospects

“We consider the North Dakota-bound Jost a deceptive prospect, and it had nothing to do with playing in the less-visible BCHL. He is a star on the ice without question, and nobody can deny his high standing as one of the draft’s super-skilled puck wizards. So what keeps him off the radar? Well, we’re talking about on the ice, people. And let’s just say his opponents have trouble dealing with his elite anticipation skills and prodigious instincts on a nightly basis. Jost is a shark, appearing out of nowhere with speed and tenacity to ruin the breakout play a coach worked on for weeks. Once the puck is on his stick is where his artistry comes to the forefront, as he protects it with his head up while travelling at a high rate of speed before shifting down a gear, curling and weaving in and around the offensive zone for as long as he has to.” – The Draft Analyst

THE NUMBERS

Goals: 42 (5th)

Assists: 62 (1st)

Points: 104 (3rd)

Points Per Game: 2.17 (1st)

ES Point Split: 58%

There’s not really any advanced player stats available on BCHL players but it’s easy to see Jost was one of the best – if not the best – player in the entire BCHL this year. He ranked at or near the top in every category. As well, the players that beat him out in goals and total points were all much older than him by up to nearly three years.

As stated before, the BCHL is not a league where players are drafted into the NHL from as it’s generally considered a lower league to the CHL leagues and the USHL. Looking back over the past 35 years (1980 to 2015), only 131 of 7,925 skaters were drafted from the BCHL (only six were drafted in the first round). Of the BCHL draftees, only 16 of them played 200 or more games to date: a 12% success rate. The overall success rate during that period was 18%.

Below is a comparison of counting stats between Jost and some other recent draftees, as well Ferraro and Hull, arguably the two best BCHLers of all time. How does he compare?

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Jost is quite obviously one of the best talents to come out of the BCHL, having the fourth highest point per game pace of the most notable names drafted from the BCHL and the second highest point per game pace if we remove Hull and Ferraro who were drafted over 30 years ago and were nearly 20 and 19, respectively, when they were drafted. Although, besides Hull, Ferraro, Benn and possibly Turris, the BCHL hasn’t bred a ton of elite NHL talent.

CONCLUSION

From his upbringing to his hockey development through his formative years, Jost is very different from most elite prospects you read about. Jost’s unorthodox rise towards the NHL will continue as he is set to do something that only six other players in the past 35 years have done: be drafted into the NHL in the first round straight out of the BCHL. The question is should the Flames consider him at sixth?

Jost’s season with the Penticton Vees was no doubt impressive. His point per game pace this year puts him in the company of the best NHLers that have come through the BCHL system. His surprise performance at the U18s was massively impressive and likely an indicator that he can bring it at more difficult levels. However, at sixth, there’s likely too much unknown for the Flames to seriously consider him. There are numerous players that will be available at sixth that tick all the boxes and come from a league with a big enough sample size of draftees to say with near certainty that the players will be decent to very good NHLers (Dubois, Tkachuk, Nylander, Keller all fit this bill) that it’s not worth taking any sort of risk, even if small, on Jost.

If the Flames sneak back into the late first round or keep their first second rounder and Jost is still there… pull the trigger.

Alexander Nylander | Pierre-Luc Dubois | Matthew Tkachuk | Jakob Chychrun | Olli Juolevi | Clayton Keller | Alex DeBrincat | Sam Steel | Vitalii Abramov | Jake Bean

          • everton fc

            A great coach will make Nylander an even better player. But with three quality defenders (Sergachev may be a real steal), Nylander may fall out of the top-6.

            The Habs and Rangers would love to have our #6. Hayes, Kreider and/or McCarron would all be nice to have, but not “straight-up, for the #6.

          • supra steve

            You haven’t noticed that there is a lot of doubt among some of us as to the wisdom of a Nylander at #6?

            Do you remember Michael Nylander as a Flame? He had a lot of pure skill too, but he was nothing but disappointing to Calgary fans. Nylander just does not fit the BB mold, I will not be surprised in the least when they choose someone else at #6.

          • Backburner

            There are times that Nylander looks like the most skilled player in this draft. His shot is amazing, high IQ, good skating, the whole offensive package.

            But my hesitation on picking Nylander at 6, is the question of his character. For example, his dad is the assistant coach for the steelheads, his brother was a high pick, how hard has he had to work for his opportunities?

            Where as a player like Jost, has demonstrated a lot of dedication and determination as well as skill at such a young age.

            You have to look at both skill and character when making a high pick.

            Nylander could turn out to be a Filip Forsberg.. which would be amazing, but he could turn out to be a Yakupov too.

            I say if Tkachuk or Dubois are gone.. I won’t be upset if they go off the board a little.

          • piscera.infada

            Do you (or anyone else) actually have anything other than conjecture to prove Nylander has character concerns?

            And don’t give me this “his dad…” argument. It’s a poor argument. I could just as easily argue that because of his hockey lineage he’s much better equipped to be a professional hockey player than Jost or Juolevi (although I won’t, because I don’t buy that it actually has much merit).

            It’s funny because Laine actually has very real documented “character concerns”, but no one bats an eye at those with his skill.

          • Backburner

            I didn’t mean to imply he is a spoiled brat or anything of that nature. Maybe ‘work ethic’ might have been a better term?

            I’m sure Nylander has had to work hard, but no doubt has been given the best opportunities thanks to his Dad. Nothing wrong with that.

            But a player like Jost, would have had to work twice as hard for the same opportunities, given his circumstances.

            Do you want to draft a guy who might demand a trade if he doesn’t get the ice time he wants? Or do you want to draft a guy that will put in the extra hour in practice or the Gym to earn that ice time?

            No doubt there will be a wake up call to Laine the first time he gets scratched in the NHL. It’s all about how he responds.

            It did wonders for Johnny Hockey.

          • Baalzamon

            I’ve read that article a few times. It reeks of confirmation bias.

            That writer went into his “viewings” having already decided that Nylander was a soft, coattail-riding perimeter player, and that Mike McLeod was a team-carrying power center. So that’s exactly what he saw.

            His indictments of Nylander range from confusing, poorly-analyzed stats that he conveniently ignores in the case of players he likes (the whole “second assists” thing; over 73% of Nylander’s points were primary points, which is ridiculously good), vague, unfounded “observations” based on tired platitudes (“In over ten personal viewings of Nylander during the 2015-16 season, the ability of opposing players to either knock Nylander off of the puck, or pressure him into a bad decisions through the use of an impending check was not only noticeable, but also frequent.”), to the downright absurd claim that Nylander relied on his linemates to produce offense (in the face of extremely easy-to-find evidence that the opposite was true).

          • supra steve

            Don’t care if you believe this article or not. I predict the Flames will not take Nylander with #6.

            Burke said they wanted to be at least #7 after the lotto, so they obviously have at least one other name in their top 7 that will be available that is not Nylander, perhaps more.

          • Jumping Jack Flash

            For every negative article on Nylander there are 4 positive ones albeit with some warning signs not unlike other prospects. The writer loses some credibility when he fails to mention how the top line of the Steelheads disappeared while Nylander was leading team Sweden at the WHC as a 17 yr old.

            I get that people can be Leary of a player that has elite skill and not known for being gritty, but it looks like people are looking for reasons. He may not be the right fit for Calgary, but if Calgary fans are not going to give him a chance, Calgary may not be the right fit for him.

          • KiLLKiND

            If you go back to the Nylander article, the comment section loved the idea of drafting Nylander and many still do. Out of Keller, Nylander, Jost, Chychrun, and Sergachev I think many will end up happy with the selection even if we don’t draft somebody’s personaly favourite. The 5 players I named I would be thrilled to see in a Flames jersey! I don’t think many are super against drafting Nylander, they just want to explore the other options to see if there is a fit. I know I keep flip flopping on who I like the most, although for me I personally like Debrincat the most.

            Draft one of Keller, Nylander, Jost, Chychrun, or Sergachev at 6 and trade 35, 54, and 64 and draft Debrincat! I hope that isn’t the cost, but it could be that and I would be completely fine with it. If not then hopefully just 35, and 64 would get us a pick for Abramov.

          • Jumping Jack Flash

            It is interesting that you have left off Juolevi, Is that because you feel he will be gone or not as good as the other D? I just saw that both Juolevi and Nylander made the OHL Third Allstar team. Sergechev made The First team with Rasmus. I can’t get excited about Juolevi, too pedestrian for my taste. I can get excited about Nylander, Jost, and Keller….here is hoping.

          • KiLLKiND

            I feel the same about Juolevi as you. He sounds like a great player, just doesn’t have as high of a ceiling as Chychrun or Sergachev. I think of the reasons people are getting more excited about other prospects is that Nylander has been our most likely pick for a while and we have been comparing everybody to him. Treliving seems to be a smart GM, if he picks any of those I would be excited.

          • Jumping Jack Flash

            I don’t know but if the Oilers would happen to walk away with Tkachuk, while Vancouver drafted Dubouis, only to have us draft Juolevi…I would feel empty and dissatisfied with our pick. You just know that Nylander, Keller, and Jost will light it up at the WJC and will be the talk of the tournament. Is Juolevi going to be better at 6 than Andersson was at 53?

          • Greatsave

            Granted I’ve only seen one highlight reel of Nylander’s 2015-16 season, so I don’t know nearly enough to assess him fully.

            Just from what I saw, though, it’s simply not true that he’s solely a perimeter player who feeds on his linemates’ great passes. He’s equally capable of carrying the puck into the zone and creating chances himself. On the PP, he’ll set himself up for the one-timer, sure. But the fact that he gets into areas and open ice for one-timers or tap-ins shouldn’t be a knock against him. I mean, it’s simply contradictory to say that he shies away from the dirty areas, and then to say that he feasts on tap-ins. To me, it seems more like he’s able to find pockets of open ice around the net, while staying under the radar of the D.

            The question, I feel, shouldn’t be whether he can modify his game to a more gritty, even rambunctious, Sam Bennett-like style, but whether he can continue to find that open ice in a speedier, heavier game in the higher levels, against NHL-calibre D.

          • Jumping Jack Flash

            I agree that Michael was skilled and soft, and William may be skilled and soft, but most of the reports on Alex indicate that he battles and goes to the tough areas more. If he has a little grit like Johnny and Monny he will be fine. A lot of draft publications go out of their way, to state that he is not like William in this regard.

            I agree that he is not a Burke player but in the first round there are likely not a lot of Burke players that fall in our range. From what I have seen, Juolevi is not much more physically engaging than Nylander.

            I will be disappointed if the Flames don’t draft Nylander when he is BPA, and if you sum up the draft publications…he is BPA. If you use the sum of these publications he is on the second ledge and may be the only one left on this ledge when the Flames draft. Of course, we are not privy to the Flames list which vary greatly.

            If the second ledge consists of 3 players we will get 1, however if the second ledge goes from 4-12 like some have said then trading down may make sense.

          • The GREAT Walter White

            As much as I usually hate the thought of trading down, it may be an option to consider if Nylander is the only one left from the top 6.

            Swap firsts with Montreal including McCarron in the deal somehow? You work out the details….

            WW

          • KiLLKiND

            Nylander is not the consensus 6 anymore he fell to 9, with Juolevi, Jost and Brown overtaking him. If we take Jost at 6 that isn’t much of a reach and I would say he earned it. I really like the character of Jost and living in Kelowna I know people that have played with him and all say that he is a great guy, put the team first, and likes to lead by example. Guy came and captained Canada, and lit the lamp. Kid can play and only time will tell if he can truly play in the NH.

            Here is the final sportsnet rankings http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/juniors/sportsnets-final-top-30-2016-nhl-draft-prospects/

            1. Matthews
            2. Laine
            3. Puljujarvi
            4. Tkachuk
            5. Dubois
            6. Juolevi
            7. Jost
            8. Brown
            9. Nylander
            10. Sergachev
            11. McAvoy
            12. Chychrun
            13. Keller
            14. Stanley
            15. Fabbro
            16. Mcleod
            17. Bean
            18. Kunin
            19. Jones (I don’t want him at all. Dirty as Cooke and loves it)
            20. Bellows
            21. Gauthier
            22. Tufte
            23. Rubtsov
            24. Debrincat (I really want him! Gonna be a 50 goal scorer if he and Gaudreau are on a line together!)
            25. Laberge
            26. Asplund
            27. Clague
            28. Thompson
            29. Gustavsson
            30. Steel

          • Christian Roatis

            … Don’t quote Damien Cox to me, please. I don’t mean to be rude but I HATE Damien Cox. The guy professes to be a draft expert but hardly ever scouts. He just takes other scouts’ opinions and trots them out as his own. I’ve befriended a lot of people in the scouting community and it really grinds my gears to see all their hardwork go unnoticed and a puppet head like him is just gifted a platform and “credibility”. Sigh.

            He was covering tennis for Sportsnet like three years ago.. They just randomly chose his name out of a hat and now surprise! He’s a draft insider!

          • KiLLKiND

            Haha that’s fair it’s just the most up-to-date draft rankings I found… But ISS released their finl rankings yesterday and they have Nylander at 6, but have Brown at 7…. Their full rankings

            1-5 same as Sportsnet

            6. Nylander 7. Brown 8. Chychrun 9. Jost 10. Sergachev 11. Juolevi 12. Keller 13.Mcleod 14. Jones 15. Rubtsov 16. Bean 17. Bellows 18. Kunin 19. Fabbro 20. Howden 21. Gauthier 22. Tufte 23. McAvoy 24. Thompson 25. Stanley 26. Debrincat 27. Katchouk 28. Raddysh 29. Moverare 30. Laberge

            So take both will a lot of salt unless you are a big fan of Brown somehow.

          • Christian Roatis

            Yeah there are teams heavily on the Brown train (Columbus and to a lesser extent, Vancouver) so I’m curious to see if someone makes a play for him.

            I think Nylander can be a good complimentary piece on this team but I’d rather have Tkachuk or PLD, personally.

  • funkhouser

    My personal preference for #6 if Tkachuk is gone. I have a feeling Jost is being under-rated due to lack of exposure. He’s comfortable on RW as well.

    Gaudreau – Monahan – xyz

    xyz – Bennett – Jost

  • everton fc

    Perhaps trade the #6 for #9 (Montreal), or to the Rangers for Hayes and prospect, and take Jost at #9? An idea, but one that will not happen. Just one in many scenarios fans can make, from the “armchair”!

    Jost secondary position is RW. But why not Bennett-Jost-xyz? Again, so many ideas….

  • Ricardo

    “Jost’s upbringing was also atypical from the average hockey player. Jost’s mother, Laura, raised him and his sister alone as a single mother, with the help of his grandparents. Jost didn’t have the prototypical hockey dad pushing him through hockey and showing him the way but it seems he didn’t need it.”

    This quote really denigrates the role of women in raising successful hockey players and ignores the fact that the ‘prototypical hockey dad’ can also be an unhealthy relationship. I assume that the writer means well, but this is very sexist.

    • Byron Bader

      I meant it very well. I agree with your comments. You don’t often hear of a single mother raising an elite hpckey player is all. Thought it was a pretty awesome story and adds to Jost’s uniqueness.

  • Backburner

    Jost wanted to play in the BCHL so he could be eligible to play for North Dakota. He has shown that he has been really focused on Hockey programs that will make him a better player.

    Lots to like about this kid, he seems like a natural leader too.

    He might be a few years away from the NHL, but if the Flames went off the board to select him, I would have NO problems.

    What can you say? He broke McDavids record, can’t be too bad.

  • Jumping Jack Flash

    I have been a big fan of this kid since I started watching him on the National stage. I have shared my views on his leadership and character and feel that he oozes in both. I have seem some draft publications that now have him at 7th so some people are starting warm up to him.

    I think what is being missed in Josts assessment playing in the BCJHL vs the CHL, is that he lit up the league against inferior players but he also played with inferior teammates. This is a big point of separation, since teams practice far more than they play games, so he is constantly practicing with players that are not on the same physical or mental level. This explains why when he is surrounded by quality players on the National stage he rises to the occassion.

    No one should be surprised that he chose the BCJHL route over the CHL, given the fact that he was raised by a single parent, I am sure education has always been the driver. Now this could scare off some NHL teams, but in some of his interviews he has indicated that school is not his priority making it to the NHL is.

    Unlike some, I will be happy if Nylander is our 6th pick. IMO Jost will not make it past #8 simply because outside of Mathews there is only Brown, Jost, and Keller as centers. Centers are highly sought after so, I beleive he will be the first off the board of these three. Brown is a project, Jost is safe, and Keller has a small frame.

    I have a feeling that his Mom has preached fitness and it should show well for him in the Combine. HIs character will be on display in the interviews. Teams will fall in love with this guy.

  • Baalzamon

    I like Jost. I do. But his most impressive part of the season was the U18s. People have a way of looking at his 15 point tournament, and ignoring the fact that he was just third on the Vees in scoring in the playoffs (and second in the regular season; Turris, Bennett, Zajac, Hull, Ferraro, and even Riley Nash were all first).

    • Jumping Jack Flash

      I think you can chalk that up to playing with a broken finger. You could see the cast in the WC. I think the BCJHL leader was a 19 or 20 year old.

      • Baalzamon

        I think the BCJHL leader was a 19 or 20 year old.

        Irrelevant. The point is, Jost didn’t lead his team. All those other guys did.

        The point, my friend, is that the high water mark for Jost is Kyle Turris, and the far more likely projection is Beau Bennett. The Flames could do better at 6th overall, easily.

        BTW, it’s the BCHL. The BCJHL has been defunct since the 90’s.

        • Jumping Jack Flash

          Well my friend, we clearly view this prospect differently. Actually Tyson, played less games 48 vs 56 ( likely due to National team commitments) and had a better Pt/g 2.17 vs 2.07 than the 21 year old team scoring leader which I think is quite relevant.

          We can’t really use Turris or Bennett as the water mark until we have a better understanding of the support system each player had.

          Thanks for the lesson on BCHL Vs BCJHL…I was unaware.

          • Baalzamon

            I’d say that their supporting casts were similar to Jost’s, as was their production. That’s why I used them as the comparisons.

            Interestingly, Turris played on the same team as Patrick Wiercioch that year. Funny that they both ended up in the Senators organization.

    • KiLLKiND

      He was 3rd in the league not on the Vees, he was 2nd on the Vees the guy 1st in league and his team is Scott Conway, who is 3 years older. Conway also played in 8 more games than Jost and Jost has a higher Points/game as Conway is 2.07 and Jost is 2.17. The guy 2nd in the league in points is Sheldon Rempal and is also 3 years lower and his Points/game is only 1.96.

      Jost has the highest point/game in the entire league while playing against players 3 years older. Those are also the only 3 players above 1.5 Points/game so it is pretty exclusive company, to be at least .67 point per game than almost every player in the league. http://bchl.ca/player-stats?playerType=skater&team=-1&rookie=no&season=25&statsType=standard&sort=points&position=skaters&currentPage=1

        • KiLLKiND

          Haha my bad still playoffs are a very small sample size to go off of and I’m guessing neither of us watched him during those playoffs. He had only two points less than either of the two teamates above him which isn’t really much and he is still 2 and 3 years respectively younger than both his teamates.

          Evgeny Kuznetzov scored only 2 points during these playoffs yet lead his team during the regular season. Things happen in playoffs.

          • Jumping Jack Flash

            I would argue, that Jost’s decision to play in an inferior league would have created far more pressure on him to get to the National stage and to perform on that stage.

            Oh..and throw in the captaincy on him on top of this and he doesn’t just perform… He kills it. He captained 3 Teams in National tournaments leading to 2 Gold medals and a top forward and scoring leader award in the biggest tournament for his age group….in the World.

            I have to think his resume as a performer and leader on the biggest stage rivals any 2016 Draft prospect.

          • KiLLKiND

            That’s true, but you are indirectly implying that he didn’t do well during playoffs, and the rest of his season he didn’t do anything to back up being ranked so highly. He still was 3rd on his team in points in a lesser league than the CHL in the playoffs, but top players were 2-3 years older than him. His regular season was outstanding and the biggest question mark on him, was how can he do against other top prospects and players? He responded hugely by captaining team Canada with a record setting performance and simply ran into a wall that is the Westside Warriors in playoffs. He still produced in playoffs though 1.27 Points/game

            So having people point to the U18’s makes sense because before that he had done all he could do in the BCHL. Yes other players from the BCHL are not as good as the CHL, but the BCHL has better opportunities for careers after.

  • Greatsave

    If Jost ends up reaching a level somewhere between Turris and Zajac, I’d be happy with him as a mid-to-late first-round pick. Turris was drafted 3rd overall, remember.

    Then again there’s Beau Bennett who’s stalled a bit, but perhaps that’s been injury-related? Not sure what his whole story is.

    Speaking of stories: I only moved to Canada well after Brett Hull became a Blue. Can someone fill me in on how the son of a legendary goal-scorer went undrafted *twice* and then went in the *sixth* round after the kind of season he had?

    • Jumping Jack Flash

      You could probably get the full story on line but from what I have read….his fitness and attitude were quite poor. I think he had an estranged relationship with his Dad buy opened up the lines of communication to help get scouts to notice him…when he finally decided he wanted to be a pro hockey player.

  • OKG

    Something to consider is that Jost was a #7 pick in the WHL bantam draft. So up until Bantam he was one of the top hockey players in the country and likely would have been a top WHLer.

    What held him back was his own decision to go the college route. Speaks to character as the Junior route is self-destructive in many ways.

    • Baalzamon

      If the Flames draft Jost we’re going to hear non-stop nonsense about how he’s going to hold out and become a free agent. Just like what happens with EVERY college prospect, even if they repeatedly say how much they like the organization and want to sign.

      If people didn’t believe Jankowski and Gaudreau, they won’t believe Jost.

      Given the way people assume that every College prospect will do that, you wouldn’t think that going the College route would indicate character traits of any kind.

      • OKG

        His NHL future has nothing to do with character. He chose the NCAA route before the NHL chose him.

        Character is because he chose a route that allows him to go to college as an 18 year old, whereas the Junior route basically points to guys who have a one-track mind to be pro hockey players, though they might take the scholarships afterwards when that doesn’t pan out.

        Yeah, I know Junior does give scholarships to CIS schools and such. But it’s pretty clear education is a priority for Jost (and Fabbro) which is a nice thing.

        While it’s natural for USHL players to go the college route, I think it’s always special when high-ranked Canadian players go that route. Toews comes to mind.

        I’m not saying Junior hockey players lack character BTW. I’m just saying unique situations like Jost stand out in my eyes.

        So too does a guy like Aaron Ekblad winning OHL scholastic player and wanting to be a doctor. I guess what I’m saying is that picking the college route can show liberty from entitlement

        • Baalzamon

          I didn’t disagree with anything you said. I’m just saying that people absolutely will assume that Jost isn’t going to sign. Because they always do with College prospects.

          Never mind what supposed character he’s showing by going the College route.

  • EhPierre

    Unlike a lot of ppl here, I’d be happy if the Flames draft Nylander. He’s got everything we want for a RW

    Now, if the Flames were to draft Keller, I’d be stoked! Everything I read on this kid just makes me drool. I have no doubt in my mind he’ll be the top 5 players in this draft, making GM’s wonder why they didn’t draft him.

    I was looking at mock drafts, and quite a few of them have Debrincat going in the second round which I found a bit weird as I don’t think the Jets and the Leafs with their late first rounders would pass on a kid as talented as him

  • KiLLKiND

    The CHL is a league that generates a lot of revenue from it’s players with the promise of 1. Future professional hockey opportunities 2. Scholarship to University/College. I don’t want to write a full article in the comment section but for those of you interested this is a great article showing that the scholarship restrictions can force a player to choose one or the other quite early and if they do not make it as a pro will not have scholarship they earned available. http://www.tsn.ca/nhl-player-agents-call-for-changes-to-chl-s-dirty-little-secret-1.222059

    It is quite biased but does still bring to light that choosing the CHL over the BCHL is not nearly as rewarding. In the BCHL players hope to get a scholarship to school for hockey, they could transition this to a pro contract after completing their degree if they do well enough, AKA a NCAA free agent signing. In my opinion Jost made the smart longterm decision with the added bonus of getting to choose who he wants to sign with after 4 years. The NCAA route will offer even better competition than CHL though so players who do go that route are still playing quality players.

  • Nick24

    I’m really high on Jost and Keller, so in my perfect world the Flames end up with one of them.

    But if Nylander is taken at 6 we should be pretty darn happy. He’s an outstanding prospect and would probably work out real well next to Sean and Johnny in a few years.

  • supra steve

    Flames web site has mock drafts by 4 writers. In those 4 drafts, Flames get Tkachuk 3 times and Juolevi once. Nylander goes 7th, 8th, 9th, and 12th. Dubois goes 5th in all 4 mock drafts.

    Not scientific, but interesting.

    I’d be happy with either Tkachuk or Juolevi.

    • Jumping Jack Flash

      I read that as well, after reading the first mock draft which showed us picking Juolevi, I was expecting to see the others follow but to my surprise the other 3 have Tkachuk falling in our lap. I just don’t see it. I would be amazed.

      When has Edmonton passed on a high profile forward. The fan base wants a winning team, the organization knows they need to improve its defence and the best way is through trade, and yet what happens every year….” Shiny toy syndrome”.

      I see it first hand being a Flames fan in Oil town. It makes me laugh while I ponder why an Organization would continue to make the same mistakes while anticipating a different outcome.