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Jarred Tinordi of the Montreal Canadiens.
Like Collberg, Jarred Tinordi has a built-in nickname himself in “Tiny.” Of course, it would be of the ironic variety, with Tinordi standing 6’7” and currently weighing 218 pounds at just 20 years of age.
He may have yet to play a game at the NHL level despite being drafted three years ago, but neither has Mikael Granlund and everyone is already thinking of him as the next big thing. In Tinordi’s case, he really is, just two inches shorter than the giant that is Boston Bruin Zdeno Chara.
Tinordi has a real chance to be Montreal’s best defensive defenseman since Mike Komisarek. Well, when the latter was actually a defensive defenseman and not just defensive about his lack of playing time in Toronto.
The Komisarek comparison is probably apt in that both lack an offensive game, which admittedly be untrue in Komisarek’s case if we’re talking non-literal definitions.
Talking about Tinordi now, the dude, who apparently does have a huge shot, still has never scored more than 16 points in one season of hockey.
Currently, in Hamilton, he has five points in 33 games with a plus/minus rating of -2 and his hulking presence will no doubt be a welcome one when he’s ready to become a full-fledged Hab.
The Hockey Writers meanwhile cite puck-handling skills and speed as things he needs to work on, while U.S. Under-18 head coach Kurt Kleinendorst says (via NHL.com):
“For Jarred to be at his best, he just needs to be steady. He’s very intelligent, keeps himself in good position and is capable of making the first pass. And that should and probably always will be the foundation of what will bring out the most in his game.”
As long as there are no delusions in regard to his offensive potential, it’s undeniably a good sign that all he has to do to make an impact in the NHL, at least according to some scouts, is continue along the same path without changing much of his approach to the game.
In short, no pun intended, Tinordi is on pace to become the towering blue-line presence Montreal has needed for some time.