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According to Tyson Jost, there’s chemistry to be had with young NHL players sharing living quarters. Put three roommates on the same line and, boom, suddenly there’s tremendous rapport.

At least, that’s what Jost is anticipating since being assigned to a line Monday with fellow rookie centermen Alex Kerfoot and J.T Compher.

“It’s awesome. Obviously, we’re young, we’re fast,” Jost said after practice Monday, a day after being recalled from his week-long conditioning assignment in the minors. “We live together, too, so we’ve got a little bit of ‘roomy chem’ going on. It’s fun. We’re all excited.”

Tyson Jost (17) of the Colorado ...
Daniel Brenner, Special to the Denver Post
Tyson Jost (17) of the Colorado Avalanche shoots during the first period against the St. Louis Blues. The Colorado Avalanche hosted the St. Louis Blues at the Pepsi Center in Denver on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017.

Each a natural center, Jost and Compher will play the wings on Colorado’s all-NCAA line. Jost, 19, played one year at the University of North Dakota, Kerfoot, 23, had four years at Harvard and Compher, 22, played three at Michigan. They share a home in the Cherry Creek area with second-year defenseman Chris Bigras, 22, who came from the major-junior system — where the majority of the NHL players develop.

And make no mistake, the college guys value their educational experience.

“I always can’t boast enough about UND and how great they were to me, how great that program is and how great the NCHC (National Collegiate Hockey Conference) and the NCAA is,” Jost said. “I know they’ll say the same thing. College was awesome and it really helped us develop and we’re just happy to be part of their product and we just try to promote their brand.”

Said Kerfoot: “I’m definitely happy I went that route and the more NCAA guys we get on our team, the happier I’d be.”

Kerfoot is of the thinking that you can’t have enough centers, because having three on a line adds to faceoff options and promotes on-the-fly adjustments in the defensive zone. Playing with Jost and Compher, Kerfoot won’t always be the forward defending below the goal line if he’s not the first forward on the back-check.

“The more centermen you have, the easier it is to be linemates,” Kerfoot said. “Nowadays, it’s pretty much the first guy back plays low and the more guys you have that are comfortable playing low, the better off you’ll be.”

Said Avs coach Jared Bednar: “(Three centers) helps on the draws. Compher has been taking draws on the right side, Kerfoot on the left, and if either one of them struggles, the (third) guy can jump in. Also arriving in D-zone coverage on your low play, you get three guys that are used to playing low all the time. Any particular one of those guys gets in the zone first and tracks back, it helps you close things out quicker because you’ve got a natural centerman down there that knows what he’s doing.”

Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic, the Hall of Fame center, has seven natural centers on his roster. They include Nathan MacKinnon, Carl Soderberg, Dominic Toninato and Colin Wilson. Kerfoot and Toninato signed with Colorado as free agents in August after Sakic told them he wants to build the future of the team down the middle.

Compher noted that his new linemates have different strengths. Jost is a possession guy, Kerfoot a great passer and Compher probably the best shooter as the only right-shooting member of the line.

“Josty is really good down low, protecting the puck, holding onto to it,” Compher said. “They both have really good vision. For me, I’m a little bit more of a shooter sometimes. They’re able to find me in spots where I can get scoring chances, for sure.”

Injury updates. Wilson didn’t practice Monday because of a groin/hip injury. Defenseman Anton Lindholm, who has missed the last nine games with a broken jaw, could be cleared for Wednesday’s game against Winnipeg. Semyon Varlamov, who missed three games because of an illness last week, will start against Jets.

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