Canadiens draft Jarred Tinordi

Pierre Gauthier trades up five spots to pick a big – 6’6″, projected to go to 230 lbs – defenceman who has impeccable bloodlines and was captain of the U.S. Under-18 national development team.

Jarred
Tinordi
, the son of former NHLer Mark Tinordi, turned 18 in February.

Scouting reports laud a kid with size and the inclination to use it. Tinordi can skate and has a hard shot.

He is supposed to go to the University of Notre Dame this autumn. But Tinordi’s junior rights belong to the London Knights, and the Canadiens may wish to guide him toward a first-rate OHL organization and the coaching of Dale Hunter.

How
badly did the Canadiens want Tinordi?

To move up from 27 to 22,
the Canadiens surrendered their second-round pick.

The Vancouver
Canucks conditionally traded their pick, at 25, to Florida but would
have kept it if Tinordi were still available.

DRAFT AUDIO: Jarred Tinordi | Mark Tinordi | Guy Boucher

 

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The Hockey News says Tinordi “is a better skater than his father was,
but both share an ability to play with an edge …

A scout said
“When he plays a physical, nasty, pass-first game, he’s as good as there
is. But when he starts to dangle, his warts show.

Another scout
compared Tinordi favourably to Robyn Regehr.

McKeen’s draft guide
says Tinordia is “the most physically ready of all USA NHL draft
eligible prospects.”

“Tinordi completes the package with a mean
streak and strong mobility. He is smooth moving backwards while not
sacrificing speed..

“He has healthy levels of speed while moving
forward and laterally while being mindful of his gap control and can
angle opponents to the boards and rub them out.

“Tinordi is not a
natural puck-rusher, but he can execute first passes with alarming
accuracy. He did great job improving his puck skills from the beginning
of the year by keeping his head up and showing more patience with it.

“The
captain was the first to protect his teammates and did not back down
from any physical confrontations this season.

“Tinordi is a great
defence partner for a smaller, offensive-minded defender (like Mac
Bennett?) He can stay with plays, amke good outlet passes and bodyguard
when necessary.”

The influential Red Line Report says:

“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. Has no offensive upside but
avoids costly errors and makes safe, simple plays.”

Kurt Kleinendorst, Tinordi’s coach with the U.S. under-18 development team, says: “To me, a captain is a captain — I don’t care if you’re 17 or 35 years
old.

“I’ve been very careful with Jarred and have
let him know that, while I understand he’s just 17, there are certain
things I’m going to expect from him and he’s been unbelievable. The way
he carries himself and the respect that the guys have for him in the
locker room has been great.”

A less enthusiastic scout’s assessment:

Tinordi has all the intangibles that would excite any scout.  He’s huge
and has great leadership abilities as he is wearing the “C”.  Tinordi
also seemed aware on the ice and has good hockey sense….defensively. 
Offensively, Tinordi struggled on the point as well.  In addition to the
blocked shots, Tinordi clearly does not have the agility that his
fellow defenseman have.  Tinordi is an awkward skater without good
balance and footwork.  He will need to improve upon his skating and puck
skills when he’s at Notre Dame.  He’s clearly a project that if he
works out, will be a force on an NHL blueline.  There is just a lot of
work to be done.

 

 

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