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Habs Jarred Tinordi Ahead of Schedule

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Amateur Scouts spend hours upon hours on the road, watching hundreds of games each year, analysing every aspect of draft eligible prospects, trying to determine which ones would be better suited for the NHL team they work for. Still, scouting is not a science as those professionals can only assess the performances of such players at that time, on that particular night. Even if they see them more than once, they see how they perform at that age, at that level. Nothing guarantees their development, the work they will be putting into their career, or when they will reach the peak of their career.




PENTICTON, BC. — When the Montreal Canadiens drafted defenseman Jarred Tinordi with the 22nd pick overall at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, many felt that the Habs were addressing a need, size on defense, and few were disappointed with the pick. Having said that, most were thinking that he was a project and that he was several years away from the NHL as most sizeable late first round picks have been in the past.  This is particularly applicable to the position of defenseman, a tough position to learn to adapt at the highest level in hockey in the world.


It was clear that the team’s Director of Amateur Scouting, Trevor Timmins, has been on a mission for character, as discussed in a previous article, and few have more of it than Jarred Tinordi. Some laugh at the notion of character and feel that it’s overrated, but when you listen to Charles de Gaulle talk about it, one quickly realizes that you can never underestimate it, and that Bergevin and Timmins are right about seeking it: “Faced with crisis, the man of character falls back on himself. He imposes his own stamp of action, takes responsibility for it, makes it his own.


After being drafted, Jarred was scheduled to attend the University of Notre-Dame but the Canadiens played a key role in suggesting that he played in the OHL with the London Knights, who owned his CHL rights, in order to play more games at a higher level. It wasn’t hard to convince the towering defenseman to play for the Hunter brothers, as his father Mark had played a few years with Dale Hunter while both were with the Washington Capitals.


It certainly didn’t take Tinordi long to establish himself as a physical and steady presence on the Knights’ blue line and the following season, he was named captain of the team, leading them to the Memorial Cup finals, a game London lost to the Shawinigan Cataractes, a team ironically captained by Habs’ prospect and Tinordi’s current teammate, Michael Bournival, both of whom will be starting the season in Montreal.


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Very nice read. Depth on the Habs blue line will likely keep him from a regular role this season but he looks like a great value pick for that late in the first round


Thank you kindly. With the addition of Brandon Prust, George Parros, Douglas Murray and now Tinordi, with Rene Bourque, Travis Moen and Ryan White in the line-up, it's safe to say that while they still have some smaller players, we're not talking about the Habs being a solf team anymore.


I'm truly impressed by Tinordi's development and as stated in my article, I wouldn't be shocked if he played a regular shift in Montreal this season.

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@Habsterix  His backwards skating needs some work, speedy wingers will fly by him to the outside, but there is so much promise there, I really like the kid. I believe his offense is underrated, but his real strength lies in his own zone. He has stuff to work on, but he has enough talent that he should be allowed to learn on the fly.

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