In this week’s Journey, we complete a three-part series looking back on the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Part Three outlines the 10th-1st selections, and recaps each prospect’s post draft seasons and where they are on the developmental arc.
Look back at Part One (30-21) here.
Look back at Part Two (20-11) here.
10th: Colorado Avalanche – Tyson Jost – North Dakota (NCAA)
2016-17 Stats: 33 GP, 16G, 19A, 35 Points
If there was one thing that Colorado nailed last year, it was drafting Jost 10th overall in June. Unfortunately for Avalanche fans, things trended downward from there.
The BCHL product moved on to North Dakota where he has a successful freshman season finishing second on the team in nearly all offensive statistical categories. He finished first with five power-play goals, and led the team in faceoff percentage.
The all-around center did well to prove himself against a higher level of competition than he faced with Penticton in his draft year, and could be an NHL regular as soon as this fall. He featured in six games at the end of the 2016-17 season following the completion of his collegiate campaign. His biggest adjustment will be the defensive side of the puck in the NHL, but by all accounts, his accountability and high on-ice IQ will help. Jost has an all-star first-line center ceiling, and shouldn’t be worse than a solid second center option in the future.
9th: Montreal Canadiens – Mikhail Sergachev – Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
2016-17 Stats: 50 GP, 10G, 33A, 43 Points
The big Russian blueliner with a cannon of a shot made the Canadiens out of camp, but was sent back to junior to further his development after four games played. He was arguably the best player that Montreal had in their system after being a top ten selection in 2016, but when the 2017 offseason began GM Marc Bergevin shipped him off to Tampa in a deal for forward Jonathan Drouin.
Sergachev should fit in just fine with the Lightning, who have a ton of veterans in the lineup to help bring him along. After a Memorial Cup-winning run with Windsor this spring, there is a chance that he could be on Tampa’s opening night roster. The club currently has five locks on their blueline, with Sergachev battling with fellow prospects such as Jake Dotchin and Slater Koekkoek for the spot. What muddles things is that both are signed to one-way contracts. The Lightning currently have an abnormal amount of right handed shooting defensemen, with Victor Hedman and Koekkoek the only who differ. Sergachev’s big left handed shot should be a power play asset sooner, rather than later.