LOS ANGELES -- For the Canadiens, leaving the 2010 NHL Draft without Jarred Tinordi
was not an option.
With the king-sized defenseman still on the board at No. 22 and his team not slated to pick until No. 27, Habs GM Pierre Gauthier picked up the phone and convinced Coyotes GM Don Maloney to give up that pick and his 113th selection in exchange for Montreal’s first round slot and their 57th overall pick.
“When I saw that there was a trade and the Canadiens acquired the Coyotes pick, I had a good feeling,” admitted the 6-foot-6 defenseman who was ranked 38th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting. “My advisors told me Montreal was really interested in me and that I was way up on their list. I’m just really happy and this is the biggest moment of my life.”
The Habs are hopeful that the apple doesn’t fall from the tree in the Tinordi family. If his last sounds familiar it’s probably because Jarred’s dad Mark terrorized NHL forwards for a dozen seasons in the 1980s and 1990s. No stranger to current Habs advisor and former GM Bob Gainey, Tinordi played for Gainey when he was coaching the Minnesota North Stars.
“He’s definitely ahead of me when I was his age. I was at 204 pounds when I was 21 and Jarred is already at 212 pounds and he’s only 17. He’ll still probably add another 15-20 pounds and his skating is definitely better than mine,” said the former stay-at-home defenseman with a smile. “He’s also a leader who was the captain of his team and I expect to bring those same qualities to the pro level.”
While still a few years away from calling the Bell Centre home, Tinordi knows what drew Montreal to him is no secret.
“I try to play big and physical. I fight when I have to and I like to play the body,” said Tinordi who captained Team USA to gold at the 2010 World Under-18 Championships. “I hope to get better with the puck and improve the offensive side of my game to become more than a shut-down defenseman.”
This marks the fifth straight time the Canadiens have turned to U.S. college or high school ranks with their opening pick at the NHL Draft, following the selections of Quebecer Louis Leblanc
and Americans Danny Kristo
, Ryan McDonagh and David Fisher. Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.comSee also:
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