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How skilled winger Tyson Jost could help Wild fix their power play

The 24-year-old Jost believes he has some untapped potential as an offensive player

NHL: Preseason-Minnesota Wild at Colorado Avalanche
Minnesota Wild center Tyson Jost (10) falls to the ice after scoring a goal in the first period Sept. 27, 2022, against the Avalanche at Ball Arena in Denver.
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ST. PAUL — It’s no secret that Tyson Jost is currently auditioning for an elevated role with the Wild.

Not only is he set to play alongside Joel Eriksson Ek and Marcus Foligno while Jordan Greenway continues to recover from shoulder surgery, Jost is also a candidate to help fix a power play that struggled for most of the 2021-22 season.

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After finishing last season ranked 18th in the NHL on the power play, Wild coach Dean Evason noted at the start of training camp that there’s going to be wholesale changes this season. Still, there’s only so many tweaks that can be made to the system itself.

“Everybody runs the same system,” Evason said. “The majority of our changes are going to come personnel-wise.”

Perhaps someone like Jost could be a difference-maker. Though he hasn’t proven to be much of a scorer to this point in his career, the 24-year-old winger believes he has some untapped potential as an offensive player.

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Never mind that Jost spent most of his time in the bottom half of the Wild lineup last season after being acquired from the Colorado Avalanche. He was the No. 10 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft after establishing himself as a prolific scorer in juniors with the Penticton Vees. He also played a prominent role at the University of North Dakota before turning pro.

Asked about the Wild potentially using him on the power play this season, Jost spoke with a sense of confidence, replying, “I know I can play on the power play. That’s the type of player I am.”

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Tyson Jost

That proved to be the case in Tuesday’s preseason game against the Avalanche as Jost scored a goal on the power play. He was set to get another chance in that spot in Thursday’s preseason game against the Stars in Dallas.

No doubt another goal could go a long way in proving himself as a viable option on the power play.

“That’s all I’m trying to do,” Jost said. “Just kind of make a statement.”

The fact that he’s getting an opportunity on the power play is a new experience. He was viewed as an energy guy with the Avalanche, spending most of his time in a checking role.

“Honestly, it probably helped me too because I learned how to play that 200-foot game,” Jost said. “I think it kind of helped shape my overall game.”

Now he’s ready to take the next step in his career. With 47 goals and 62 assists in 342 NHL games, he wants to make more of an impact moving forward.

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“There’s an opportunity here,” Jost said. “I do definitely want more of an elevated role. I want to take a step in my game for sure. That’s something I’ve worked hard for and I’ve kind of wanted my last three or four years or whatever. It’s a big opportunity for me. I want to take advantage of it.”

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