Jarred Tinordi, the Canadiens’ first-round pick (22nd overall) at the 2010 NHL entry draft, is excited about making his NHL debut against the Devils Saturday in New Jersey (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
“I didn’t really expect it, but obviously that’s pretty exciting,” Tinordi said about being called up from the Hamilton Bulldogs.
The 6-foot-6 defenceman is hoping to have family in attendance at the game.
“New Jersey is about a three-hour drive from home, so we’ll see,” said Tinordi, who grew up in Maryland near Washington, D.C.
His father Mark played on the blue line in the NHL, including five seasons with the Washington Capitals.
Tinordi will be parnered with Francis Bouillon on the blue line.
Michael Ryder has a lower body injury and didn’t travel with the team to New Jersey. The Canadiens called up forward Mike Blunden from Hamilton to take his place.