As noted today by Derek Wills, the official play-by-play voice of the Hamilton Bulldogs, 1st round pick of the Montreal Canadiens in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft Jarred Tinordi has been wearing the alternate captain's 'A' ever since Darryl Boyce's professional try out contract ran out.
We aren't sure as of yet if this is a permanent thing, but given Tinordi's highly touted leadership skills, I believe it's a safe bet that the 20 year old defender will be wearing that letter the rest of the season.
Tinordi scored his first professional goal last night in a loss to the Milwaukee Admirals, and after a rough start to the season on the +/- side of the stat sheet while playing a tough minutes defensive role, he's beginning to dig himself out of the minuses this month.
The gigantic defender has 1 goal and 2 assists in 24 games, and is staying out of penalty trouble in the AHL after wracking up the PIM in the OHL with London.
We have criticized Sylvain Lefebvre a bit on this site in the last couple of months, but one thing we are very confident in him in so far is his usage of the defensemen at his disposal. His usage of Tinordi has been consistent since day 1, as a tough minutes guy who plays mostly in the defensive zone. Over the past 24 games we've seen him make adjustments in his positioning and learn the AHL game.
Tinordi is a promising young player who looks to be a Montreal Canadien for years to come.