True Grit: A Look at Montreal Canadiens’ Prospect Jarred Tinordi

Marc DesRosiers-US PRESSWIRE

At the tender age of 20, Jarred Tinordi is ready to start his professional career on his journey to the NHL. The 6-foot-6, 218-pound stay-at-home defensemen was taken with the 22nd pick in the 2010 draft by the Montreal Canadiens and will start the 2012-13 season with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL.

Entering his first season as a professional, Tinordi already boasts an unbelievable blend of size and skill. The big defender is also blessed with exceptional leadership qualities. Quite simply, he’s a natural leader. Tinordi captained the London Knights to an OHL championship and a 2012 Memorial Cup appearance in his final season in the juniors. The Millersville, Maryland native was also an alternate captain for Team USA at the 2012 World Junior Championship where he was one of the better blueliners.

“Like Father, Like Son”

His father, Mark Tinordi also displayed tremendous leadership skills during a professional career that spanned 12 seasons in the show. The big 6’4″ rearguard was a physical, defensive defenseman who was an imposing presence at both ends of the ice. The senior Tinordi showed toughness and grit from the back-end while throwing thunderous bodychecks, most notably with the Minnesota North Stars and Washington Capitals.

The young Tinordi plays the exact same way. He’s not a finesse player. He’s tough and plays a tenacious style which Montreal sorely needs on the back-end. Like his old man, Tinordi has a real cannon for a shot from the point. He’s also a pretty intelligent player who moves the puck well for his size.

It usually takes a longer time for a big defenseman like Tinordi to fully develop but the colossal blueliner has made big strides in the past year. His skating has improved. In fact, he skates very well for a big guy — better than his dad.

Montreal 2013?

It’s hard to say exactly when we will see the rugged defenseman donning a Habs jersey but chances are he will spend at least one full year with the Bulldogs in the AHL.  However, I can see Tinordi as a late season call-up for Montreal in 2013, especially if the Canadiens’ are afflicted with the injury bug. Tinordi fits such a glaring need for the Habs it’s not even funny.

Tinordi has progressed superbly in 2011-12. He’s the prototypical stay-at-home shutdown defender with undeniable leadership qualities. That combined with his massive size and skating ability suggests that he is very close to NHL-ready. When the time comes, Tinordi could eventually develop into the ultimate NHL defensive defensemen.

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