USA hockey recently held an evaluation camp tournament involving the Swedish and Finnish Junior teams. The US eventually fell to Sweden in the final game, but a strong showing carried Montreal Canadiens prospect Jarred Tinordi to a spot on the final junior evaluation camp roster. Tinordi, the Habs first round selection during the 2010 NHL entry draft is one of 9 defensemen named to the roster; down from 14 d-men at the start of camp.
Tinordi posted his top grade through the 3 games I've scouted. His grade was buoyed by his work blocking shots in the defensive-zone, and by his puck management skills in the neutral-zone. His defensive-zone passing, and work winning puck-battles in d-zone still need work. His grade was 2 percentage-points better than his previous best. The left-handed d-man needs to focus on playing between the whistles. Although his heart was in the right place (protecting his goalie), he took 2 separate undisciplined penalties during the game.
Overall Risk/Reward Rating
Tinordi seems to play particularly well in a USA sweater. He posted his best overall risk/reward rating, while substantially improving his previous average. He played on the first powerplay unit during the game. The quality ice-time allowed him to pad his offensive-zone numbers, while his work blocking shots kept his d-zone numbers from falling apart.
|EVENTS/ MIN||4.22||EVENTS/ MIN|
Offensive-zone Risk/Reward Rating
Tinordi's previous-best offensive-zone risk/reward rating was 0.21. As previously mentioned his work on the powerplay was the key to the improvement. He won 83% of his offensive-zone puck-battles, while completing 89% of his o-zone pass-attempts. He also managed 2 shots on goal, while missing the net with 2 other shot attempts.
|EVENTS/ MIN||1.11||EVENTS/ MIN|
Defensive-zone Risk/Reward Rating
Tinordi's d-zone risk/reward rating was slightly above his average, but 23 points below his previous-best. The 6'7" d-man won only 47% of his defensive-zone puck-battles. He completed 57% of his d-zone pass-attempts, and is often unable to find passing lanes coming out of the zone. Both struggles can be traced to the same source. Tinordi tends to stop skating when the puck is on his stick. He has the wheels to skate himself out of trouble; but often chooses instead to either wait and out-muscle an opponent, or force a pass through a high-risk option.
|EVENTS/ MIN||2.17||EVENTS/ MIN|
Neutral-zone Risk/Reward Rating
Tinordi's work in the neutral-zone proves that he has the tools to correct any faults in his d-zone play. He completed all 3 of his neutral-zone pass-attempts; and was skating during each attempt. He managed 1 neutral-zone takeaway, and beat an opposition player 1on1 (deak) with speed through the neutral-zone on another occasion. His puck-management and decision-making through the n-zone was also impressive, as he was successful with all 7 of his attempted dump-ins.
|EV/ MIN||0.83||EVENTS/ MIN|
Raw numbers for 4-3 overtime win over Sweden on August 8th, 2011.
|SKI +||SKI +|
|PK DUMP+||PK DUMP+|
|PK DUMP-||PK DUMP-|
|PS THRU||2||PS THRU|
|OZ PS BL||2||OZ PS BL|
|POINTS X2||2||POINTS X2|