How the Wild told Mason Shaw he was staying and what the ripple effect could mean for Tyson Jost
Shaw was one game away from claiming waivers to be assigned to AHL Iowa, so he was a little anxious. “For someone who’s been kicked out, it’s always a very nerve-wracking feeling,” he said. This made the next joke performed by Guerin a beauty.
Guerin welcomed Shaw to the office and then dramatically broke the news.
“We’re sending you to Iowa,” Guerin said.
Guerin stopped for a long pause. Shaw was stressed.
“To pack your things and find a place in Minnesota,” continued Guerin, smiling.
Shaw was so relieved, excited, excited. Likely to stay with the Wild for the rest of the season, he can move out of the hotel. he done this
But how did that break from Guerin feel?
“It was too long,” Shaw said. “Longer than I would have liked.”
“I’ve got him good,” Guerin joked.
Shaw’s promotion was well-deserved, and it’s a big step for the 24-year-old, who he fought through three ACL surgeries to finally reach the NHL. Shaw’s first call that night was to his parents in Wainwright, Alberta, who were overjoyed.
“It’s absolutely something you dream about,” Shaw said. “You never know if you’re going to get to that point, so it’s definitely rewarding. Nothing changes for me, I’m going to play the same game. I want to be a part of this team.”
It does too Tyson Jost.
But the rise of Shaw, along with the eventual return of Jordan Greenwaywho returned to practice Wednesday and the team hopes to return within a week, could have a knock-on effect on forwards like Jost.
It’s been hard enough for Jost to crack the lineup. He is expected to get a shot on the fourth line with Sam Steele i Marco Rossi on Thursday after being scratched the past three games, and it would be a very important audition for the former No.10.
It looks like Jost will get a shot tomorrow with Beckman sitting out.
— Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) November 16, 2022
The Wild can’t have a player with a $2 million cap hit sitting in the press box, and while Jost hasn’t requested a trade, it wouldn’t be surprising if Guerin was at least exploring his options.
“I think Tyson is a good player who is just trying to find his game,” Guerin said The Athletic. “He’s a hard worker and a good teammate.”
The wait has been tough for Jost, who has tried to maintain his typical positive attitude.
“It’s definitely bullshit,” he said The Athletic. “I want to be in the lineup. I’m already pretty hard on myself all the time. I feel like I’ve worked hard. So it’s disappointing. It stinks. I want to be out there with the guys, fighting. It’s long days in your room d ‘hotel, disappointed in yourself. I’ve never been in that situation, but at the same time, you want to be a good partner. I’m a pretty positive guy. I always want to make sure I have a smile on my face. Sometimes it’s hard . I just support the team and I’ll be ready whenever that opportunity comes.”
Jost’s first healthy scratch came against him Ottawa on the team’s first road trip. Manager Dean Evason called him into his office and had a five-minute chat, and Jost looked dejected as he left.
“He said they wanted a little more bite in my game, that’s all,” Jost said. “I haven’t heard from Deano since.”
For a Wildcat team that could desperately use secondary scoring and center depth, Jost hasn’t provided much production, with just three points in his first 11 games.
“I thought there were a few games where my timing was off,” Jost said. “Sometimes, I was overworking and losing my jump a little bit. My confidence was also off, which probably didn’t help. I was just overthinking. I was playing scared to make a mistake. You can’t really do that. I have to learn from this.”
Evason said they have spoken with Jost, reviewed the video and tried to correct what was missing.
“We talked about our team as a whole — we’ve got to have more bite, and again, it’s not an individual thing,” Evason said. “But because he hasn’t played six games, that’s a factor – that we need him to do a lot of other things or else (he won’t be) playing.
“I think he’ll have as much energy as anyone tomorrow night.”
Jost was coming off a tough summer, in which he said The Athletic had some “dark days”. Having been traded for the eventual Cup champion Avalanche in March (for Nico Sturm), Jost had to watch his former teammates celebrate the championship. He then received a series of mean messages on Instagram from Avs fans.
Tyson Jost leads all NHL players with 5 points in 2 exhibition games
My story >>> https://t.co/AyeuK6KoCd
— Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) September 30, 2022
Jost began using a sports psychologist last year and has recently leaned on them, along with his family.
“At night, you sit there and say, ‘Well, when I come back, I’m going to show what I can do,'” Jost said. “I think I showed that in the preseason, I know what kind of player I am. I want to keep that confidence “.
(Photo by Tyson Jost, Mason Shaw and Marco Rossi: Jeff Curry/USA Today)
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