We will also provide insight from Matt Ebbs,
president of Charron Langlois LLP & Ebbs Sports Management
Ltd. and former Director of the International Scouting Service, one
of the services most commonly used by NHL teams to get the skinny on
Defenseman, USA U-18 (USHL)
The apple didn't fall far from the tree for the son of former Minnesota North Stars defenseman Mark Tinordi. This 6-foot-6, 205-pound rear guard is a punishing force on the blue line, just like his Dad was. His passion for the game exudes with every shift. Many have said he may be the most NHL-ready defenseman in the draft, and his stock is rising as we get closer to draft day.
Here's what Ebbs had to say on Tinordi:
"This is a big kid that I see playing at the NHL right away. He has that nasty bone, and like [Dylan] McIlrath he can play physical and nasty with a great first pass as well. So he has that skill and size combo that all the scouts like.
"A lot of people have compared him to Flames defenseman Robyn Regehr. Certainly, it is one of those situations that he is a simple, big, tough kid that can have an impact and, quite frankly, step right into an NHL lineup because in this era, you can't spend three years [developing in juniors] because at age 27, they're potentially gone. So, when you get a player like this that's drafted at this spot or higher, they're looking for him to step right in because he has a lot of talent and size."
Monday: Dylan McIlrath
Wednesday, June 23: Mark Pysk