Apr 11, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Nathan Beaulieu (40) during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at the First Niagara Center. Canadiens beat the Sabres 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Why Jarred Tinordi Was Brought Up Over Nathan Beaulieu

 

Oct 5, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Philadelphia Flyers center Maxime Talbot (25) and Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jarred Tinordi (24) battle for the puck during the second period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

 

Nathan Beaulieu played the Montreal Canadiens final eleven games before the Olympic break, and was sent down to the Hamilton Bulldogs when the National Hockey League schedule went into its Olympic hiatus.

It was assumed that Beaulieu would be back with the big club once the Canadiens resumed its schedule tomorrow, but it was fellow defender Jarred Tinordi who was called up to the big club.

Tinordi began the season with the Canadiens, but after playing six games and being a healthy scratch on several occasions, he was sent down to the Bulldogs.

Jan 18, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Nathan Beaulieu (40) carries the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Canadiens 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Tinordi struggled with Montreal this season but played well enough to earn a regular roster spot late last season and into the NHL playoffs. Jarred played all five games against the Ottawa Senators, and though he was solid as a rookie, the Canadiens bowed out quickly.

Tinordi has played exceptionally well for Hamilton this season, using his size to defend his own zone and becoming a much better skater than he was a year ago. When Beaulieu returned to the Bulldogs from Montreal, it was expected he would dominate the American Hockey League.

However, since he made his trip back to Hamilton, Beaulieu’s play was up and down, as he scored four assists in six games, but was also a minus four in that span. In the same time, Tinordi played five games before being called up, scored a goal and an assist and was a plus one.

Apr 27, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jarred Tinordi (42) hits Toronto Maple Leafs center Mikhail Grabovski (84) during the second period at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

If the Montreal Canadiens were just looking for a puck moving defenseman, they would have brought Beaulieu back up. However, Tinordi plays a much safer style, is much more physical at 6’6″ and well over 200 pounds, plays a better defensive game and outplayed Beaulieu over the past few weeks to earn this recall.

The Habs did a similar thing last year, when they recalled all of their young AHL defensemen in the weeks leading up to the trade deadline. Both of these former first round picks as well as Greg Pateryn made their NHL debuts at this time last year.

This gives the coaching staff and management team a chance to see if their young defensemen are NHL ready, or if they need to make a trade to upgrade their blue line.

Beaulieu played very well and surely impressed the Montreal Canadiens over the past few weeks. The Habs just want to get a look at all of their top AHL defensemen.

The only way to get a look at Tinordi was to swap him in for Beaulieu, but it won’t be long before both former first rounders are on the Habs blue line together.

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