The Montreal Canadiens got some big performances from their defense this season, but injuries also allowed some of the team’s brightest young prospects their first shot at the NHL. With Raphael Diaz and Alexei Emelin each missing time, Nathan Beaulieu and Jarred Tinordi were recalled from the AHL and combined for 14 games with the Canadiens. With Emelin expected to miss the start of next season, Tinordi should have a good chance to start the 2013-14 season with the Canadiens and his size will be a big asset for them.
Tinordi checks in at 6-6, 215 and that kind of size is something the Canadiens can definitely use. He also brings a strong physical game, and isn’t afraid to drop the gloves. In eight regular season games, he chipped in two assists and was a plus-5. The coaching staff showed even more faith in him during the postseason, as he played some big minutes while appearing in all five first round playoff games against the Ottawa Senators.
With P.K. Subban and Andrei Markov coming back next season, the Canadiens’ back end is in good shape. Josh Gorges will be back too, and so will Diaz. Francis Bouillon proved to be a good addition this season, and will try and repeat that performance. Tinordi will have a chance to start the season in Montreal, and will be a great addition. Beaulieu would be the likely first call-up from the AHL again next season, but for now Tinordi’s size and skill gives him a definite edge. The Canadiens drafted Tinordi in the first round of the 2010 draft, and after two seasons with the London Knights of the OHL he turned pro and started the season with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL.