The Canadiens have signed London Knights defenceman Jarred Tinordi, their first-round draft choice in 2010, to a three year contract.
Tinordi, son of former NHL defenceman Mark Tinordi, has played only six of London’s 16 games this season. The defenceman has been inactive since suffering an eye injury in a fight.
Ironically, the London Free Press had published a story, prior to the fight, emphasizing Tinordi’s value when he’s not in the penalty box.
Here’s the fight in which he was injured.
The team announcement:
Montreal Canadiens General Manager, Pierre Gauthier, announced today the signing of defenseman Jarred Tinordi to a three-year contract (2012-13 to 2014-15). As per Club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Tinordi was selected in the first round, 22nd overall, by the Canadiens at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Thus far in 2011-12, Tinordi recorded two points (0-2-2) and 22 penalty minutes in six games with the OHL London Knights, posting a +7 differential. The London Knights are currently the top team in the country according to the Canadian Hockey League rankings (CHL) with a 13-2-0-1 record.
In his first season in the OHL in 2010-11, the 6’6’’ and 215 lbs defenseman played 63 games with the Knights, recording 14 points (1 goal, 13 assists). He also led his team with 140 penalty minutes.
A native of Burnsville, Minnesota, Tinordi is a product of the USA Hockey Development program. He played 39 games in the USHL in 2009-10, registered nine points (4-5-9) and 68 penalty minutes. He was also a member of the US national team on three occasions at international tournaments between 2008 and 2010.