Tyson Ghost introduces interesting saber talent: ‘He checked all the boxes’

Buffalo – Tyson Ghost couldn’t watch. The newcomer Sabers spent nearly six years in Colorado, growing from a teenage prospect and 10th overall selection to one of the Avalanche’s regular forwards.

With his old team reaching the Stanley Cup championship last season, Jost, who was traded to the Minnesota Wild on March 15, turned off his TV.

“It was hard, it was hard,” said Jost, who was claimed by the Sabers on Saturday. “…you kind of think I could have been there but that’s the past and you have to move on. I’m a Buffalo Saber now and I’m glad to be here. I’m honored to have the opportunity and I want to get back to that player that I am.”

That player is of interest to the Sabers, who lost eight straight Tuesday games on the road to the Montreal Canadiens.

The 5-foot-11, 187-pound Jost has accumulated 47 goals and 112 points in 354 NHL games.

“I can play in a lot of situations,” he said following Monday’s practice at KeyBank Center, his first with the Sabers. “In Colorado, I kind of did that. I could be a kill man, play the power play, I could play the third line. I could kind of move up and down the lineup and play a lot of different positions.”

Swordsmen needed to strengthen their frontal depth, especially since they wanted to retain their upper palace horizons. They also had to find an assist to improve penalty kicks, which allowed a goal in nine straight games.

“He checked all the boxes,” said Sabers general manager Kevin Adams. “… when you look at Tyson, individually, he’s still a young player, he skates really well, a lot of talent, he makes plays at top speed. He can kill penalties. He’s young but he’s also 350 games of NHL experience.”

“He’s been in the league, he’s been around, I think he’s at a great age. And from a character standpoint, I had one guy come back to me and say, ‘Elite human.'”

“He has a reputation not only as a skilled player but as a person,” said Sabers coach Don Granato. “He’s a young talent. He fits in with what we do.”

After joining the Avalanche at its lowest point in 2016-17, a miserable 48-point season, Jost played a role in developing the team into a powerhouse. While he missed lifting the trophy, he was part of a winning organization.

“I definitely can bring some experience because I’ve been with Colorado for a long time and I learned a lot there with that organization and then I had success,” he said. “I kind of started with Colorado when we were at the bottom and we were working our way up. So I think I can get some leadership on that side.”

Jost also thinks he can deliver a stronger game. Yes, he is an established player. However, he said he owns the upside and can continue to grow.

He said, “That’s something I keep saying to myself and that’s kind of the message from the organization here as well, which is kind of my camp, I guess you can say that as well.” “I’m 24, still young, and I’m kind of looking forward to this room and that’s why I think I’m going to be good with these guys.”

He struggled at Minnesota, tallying up just two goals and nine points in 39 games, including six playoff games last year. After a solid start to the year, he mustered just three tackles as the Wild got off to a slow start.

On Friday, he was placed on waivers.

“Maybe for him,” Adams said, “it’s a chance to time off and play.” “Sometimes that’s all it takes because the talent and it’s all there.”

The past few days have been “a whirlwind,” Jost said.

“There’s a lot of emotion,” he said. “I was excited, though. There’s clearly a great young core here and a lot of great talent up and coming. Watching these guys play, it’s fun to watch, the team is exciting.”

Jost called up Monday in Alex Tosh’s spot on the right wing alongside center Taj Thompson and Jeff Skinner.

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