Jarred Tinordi had played in all five playoff games against the Ottawa Senators and was a positive possession player. You would have thought he would have been solidified into the Canadiens defensive corps. Instead, he was mostly in Hamilton and played 30 less games than Douglas Murray.
STATS: 22 Games | 0 G-2 A = 2 P | 40 PIM | -2 | 51.6% Corsi | 0.4 Point Shares
No Playoff Stats
STORY: Tinordi was a first round pick right after the 2010 playoff run. He played eight regular season games last year before his five playoff games. This year, he had made the team out of training camp, but was sent down before the end of October. He was then re-called at the Olympic break to replace Nathan Beaulieu when he was sent down.
There is no doubt that both Tinordi and Beaulieu were ready for more action in the NHL than they saw, but obligations to Douglas Murray and Francis Bouillon blocked both of them. They are both different. Tinordi is a physical defenceman who isn’t afraid to drop the gloves. He is 6’6 and adding weight to a lanky frame.
The expectation is that Tinordi will see a lot of Montreal next year and that he, Beaulieu or Greg Pateryn will see a lot of Montreal. And that’s good. With the news that Murray will not be brought back, that opens a spot in Hamilton and possibly more.
Tinordi was successful in his time in Montreal despite playing regularly with Murray or Bouillon. He did see some top pair minutes with P.K. Subban but isn’t ready for that role just yet.
Due to Michel Therrien being allergic to young players, Tinordi didn’t have a chance to truly show the strides he made in Hamilton. He didn’t have a great season in the American Hockey League, but not many people did on the Bulldogs. The fact that he saw is average ice time increase from 11:43 last year to 14:32 this year when in the NHL shows that Therrien did have a little more confidence in him.
FUTURE: Tinordi has one year remaining on his entry level contract with a cap hit of 870,000 plus 212,500 in bonuses. He is a restricted free agent at the end of next year and will have every opportunity to break camp with the team this year but this time to stick. I would expect Therrien to play his young defencemen more to get them ready for the playoffs if they are needed again.
2014-2015: $870,000 [bonus eligible]
2015-2016: Restricted Free-Agent