The German forward from Minnesota was exchanged for forward Tyson Jost from Colorado

The Colorado Avalanche announced Tuesday that the team have acquired forward Nico Sturm from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for forward Tyson Jost.

Sturm, 26, has 17 points (9 goals/8 assists) in 53 games for the Wild this season and is the team’s second-best faceoff winner (52.0%). Sturm, who signed from Minnesota as a free agent on April 1, 2019, has 36 points (20 goals/16 assists) in 111 career NHL games, all with the Wild. He also has three points (2 goals/1 assist) in nine postseason games of his career.

The 5’11, 450 pound center played his first full NHL season in 2020-21 and had 17 points (11 goals/6 assists) and a +10 rating in 50 games, ranking third in the NHL -Rookies in plus/minus and 10th in goals. He finished the regular season as the team’s fourth-best goalscorer and fifth-best plus/minus player. With 11 hits, he was the sixth-best shot rookie in Minnesota franchise history. Sturm contributed two points in seven playoff games and led the team in the plus/minus record (+1) in the postseason.

“Nico is a big, strong forward who also has a lot of presence defensively. He’s a defensive-minded center who can contribute offensively, is good going forward and can help in penalty-killing,” said Joe Sakic, executive vice President and General Manager of Avalanche. “We want to thank Tyson for everything he has done for our team over the past five seasons, not only on the ice but through his generous and impactful work in the community.”

Born in Augsburg, he played a season in the American Hockey League with the Iowa Wild in 2019/20 and collected 32 points (12g/20a) in 55 games.

Before turning pro, Sturm played three seasons at Clarkson University from 2016-19 and had 103 points (36 goals/67 assists) in 118 NCAA games. In his 2018-19 junior season, he was the team captain and was selected to the top ten Hobey Baker Award finalists and to the First-Team CCM/AHCA All-American.

Additionally, Sturm was an ECAC First-Team All-League selection and was named to the 2019 ECAC All-Tournament Team. From 2017–19, he received the award for the conference’s top defensive forward for two consecutive seasons.

Jost was selected by the Avalanche in the first round (10th overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft. In 321 career games, he has 103 points (45 goals/58 assists), all for Colorado.