Tinordi called up, Beaulieu to stay in minors
Jarred Tinordi is seen here connecting with a punch to Ottawa Senators' Zack Smith on September 23, 2011. (CP file photo)
Published Sunday, February 23, 2014 8:33PM EST
Last Updated Sunday, February 23, 2014 11:00PM EST
Canadiens' fans can expect a new face on the blueline when the team returns from the Olympic break, as giant Jarred Tinordi has been called up from the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs.
Tinordi, a 6’6”, 227 pound defenceman, was chosen 22nd overall in the 2010 NHL draft. He played six games with the Canadiens last season and eight the year before, amassing two assists in 14 games.
He started the season as one of at least three highly-promising Canadiens' defence prospects, along with Nathan Beaulieu, who was recently called up to the club and Greg Pateryn, who has also played sporadically with the Canadiens this season.
The Habs have opted to use veterans Douglas Murray and Francis Bouillon rather than give much action to the prospects.
Beaulieu impressed with his smooth skating in 16 games with the Canadiens before the Olympic break. He was sent back to Hamilton during the time off and has not been recalled.
Tinordi has notched two goals and two assists in his last six games for the Bulldogs, including an impressive end-to-end goal against the Toronto Marlies on February 9.
Tinordi, 22, has three goals and six assists in 47 games for the Bulldogs this season and is expected to practice with the Canadiens Monday in Brossard.
The Canadiens next play Wednesday when they host the Detroit Red Wings.
Jarred Tinordi (left) Nathan Beaulieu and Greg Pateryn. (CP and Hamilton Bulldogs file photos)