When Jarred Tinordi stepped onto the ice at PPG Paints Arena for the Predators' Dec. 28 game against the Penguins, it was the first time in over three seasons he'd suited up in an NHL game.
At this point in his severely underwhelming career, Tinordi can be safely considered to be a bust. The defenseman was drafted 22nd overall by Montreal in 2010 and played only 46 games with the team, notching just six assists. Traded to Arizona in January of 2016, Tinordi's time as a Coyote was hardly even a whisper; he played seven games, recording zero points and a -2 rating. Then, in March of 2016, Tinordi tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. He was handed a 20-game suspension- which wound up ending not only Tinordi's miserable 2015-16 campaign, but also any chance he'd return to professional hockey any time soon.
Tinordi spent the 2016-17 season with Arizona's AHL affiliate in Tucson and the 2017-18 season with Pittsburgh's AHL affiliate in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, before being scooped up by the Preds in July of 2018 on a two-way contract. Over Tinordi's entire statistically-tracked career- from 2008-09 with the U.S. National Team Development Program's Under-18 squad to present day- he has failed to record a better season than his first with the Preds' AHL affiliate in 2018-19, wherein he scored eight goals and 14 assists.
Now, in 2019-20, 28-year old Tinordi is attempting to revive his flat-lining NHL career.
This season in Nashville, Tinordi has played the more games in a single season (28) than any other time in his NHL career. 31 days after returning to the NHL as a member of the Preds, Tinordi finally scored his first career NHL goal on Jan. 29 in Washington. With four assists to pad his 2019-20 stats, Tinordi is officially having the best offensive year of his career... and that's not saying much.
While Tinordi's 10.6 on-ice shooting percentage (oiSH%) is better than Viktor Arvidsson's and Matt Duchene's, only 38.5 percent of his own shots even go on net. So while guys sharing ice time with Tinordi are putting up an average number of shots, Tinordi himself is barely able to get the puck on the goalie, which also explains why he has only 20 recorded SOG all year. In addition, Tinordi has the second-worst Corsi-For percentage on the team at 44.7 percent (among players who have played over 20 games).
Tinordi (a defenseman) has only one or two more redeeming qualities on defense than he does on offense. He has the fourth-most hits on the team with 71 and the seventh-best on-ice save percentage at 90.5 percent. Outside of that, Tinordi's 2019-20 season features: 18 giveaways/one takeaway, the team's sixth-most penalty minutes (34), and the team's fifth-highest defensive zone start percentage (54.6 percent).
To give Tinordi the benefit of the doubt, however, he has skated in the fourth-least minutes among Preds players who have dressed in more than 20 games, so his advanced statistics are naturally going to be a little polarized.
GENERAL EFFECTIVENESS AND TEAM INFLUENCE
Before Tinordi's NHL career plummeted into utter chaos, he and Austin Watson won the Ontario Hockey League championship as members of the London Knights in 2011-12.
Given his nomadic history, Tinordi has played alongside a number of current NHL regulars. Most importantly, however, Tinordi was named captain of the Milwaukee Admirals ahead of the 2018-19 season and has overseen the development of the likes of Colin Blackwell, Yakov Trenin, Eeli Tolvanen, Mathieu Olivier, and Alexandre Carrier. This year, Tinordi's Admirals were leading the league with 90 points before the AHL cancelled the season on Mar. 16.
Tinordi has branded himself as the Preds' enforcer, especially after avenging the dirty hit St. Louis' Robert Bortuzzo inflicted upon Arvidsson in November.