The Canadiens knew what they wanted and when it appeared that defenceman Jarred Tinordi wasn’t going to be available when their 27th spot in the NHL Entry draft came, they traded up five spots and sacrificed their second round draft pick in order to get him.
Tinordi is 6’6” – 205 lbs. He is slated to go to Notre Dame University this fall. His Canadian Junior hockey rights belong to the London Knights of the OHL. This past season Tinori was the captain of the U.S National Team Development Program for the 2009-10 season and recorded two points (1-1-2) and was a plus-eight in seven games leading Team USA to a gold medal at the 2010 Under-18 World Championships.
Here is what scouts say about Tinordi:
NHL Central Scouting’s Jack Barzee:
“He skates very well for a big guy. He has an excellent shot from the point. He’s a pretty smart player. The head’s there, the hands are there, the shot’s there, the skating ability is there. He’s got a real, real cannon for a shot.”
U.S. Under-18 head coach Kurt Kleinendorst:
“For Jarred to be at his best, he just needs to be steady. He’s very intelligent, keeps himself in good position and is capable of making the first pass. And that should and probably always will be the foundation of what will bring out the most in his game.”
Red Line Report 2010 Draft Guide:
“Massive stay-at-home rearguard with excellent character, bloodlines, and leadership. Dependable, shutdown defender, always thinks defense-first, and his crease coverage is among the best of this class – colossal frame and nasty disposition form an impenetrable barrier between opponents and his goalie. Readily protects teammates and will drop the gloves. Reads and reacts to plays well at the defensive end. Effectively closes his man off to the wall and staples him there. Only has one gear, but shows functional mobility for a big man. Uses long stick/reach to break up lots of passes. Settles things down when team gets in trouble in its own end. Difficult to beat in 1-on-1 situations down low in puck battles or off the rush.”
Very solid defensively and tough. Skating is fine. He probably does not have the puck skills to be a two-way defender at the NHL level, however.
• He is the son of Mark Tinordi, who totalled 1,514 penalty minutes in 12 NHL seasons as a defenseman with the Rangers, North Stars, Stars and Capitals from 1987-99 — Jarred wears 24, the same number as his father.
Here is Tinordi’s news conference after being drafted 22nd overall by the Canadiens.