In preparation for the NHL Draft on June 25, Die by the Blade will profile potential Buffalo Sabres Draft Picks. This feature will run daily with one or two players profiled each day.
6'-6" 201 lbs.
Hometown: Millersville, MD
Date of Birth: February 20, 1992
Stats: 52 GP, 4 G, 8 A, 12 PTS 81 PIM
The Good - Tinordi is a towering presence on the ice. He is a physical stay-at-home defenseman that could become a top-four defenseman if he develops his game. He skates well for a big man and has been blessed with some very good mobility that allows him to make some athletic plays.
He is a natural born leader, which is evident by him being the captain of the USNTDP U-18 team this season and the U-17 team the second half of last season. His leadership will help him develop into an everyday NHL player.
The name Tinordi will sound familiar to many of you because his father Mark Tinordi was a stay-at-home defenseman with four different NHL teams, including the Washington Capitals when they went to the Cup Finals in 1988.
The Bad - Tinordi has very limited offensive skills and he won't be much of a point producer when he makes it to the NHL. He has a decent shot from the point but he is more of a defensive defenseman.
He plays with great intensity but it sometimes gets the best of him. He needs to learn to keep his emotions in check and avoid taking dumb penalties. He plays a physical game but he sometimes puts himself out of position to make a check. He needs to learn when to play physical and when he needs to stay in position.What They Are Saying
"He skates very well for a big guy. He has an excellent shot from the point. He's a pretty smart player. The head's there, the hands are there, the shot's there, the skating ability is there. He's got a real, real cannon for a shot."
Why The Sabres Might Pick Him
He is another big-bodied physical defenseman. The Sabres have made an effort to get bigger in recent years and Tinordi would help them accomplish that goal. His leadership skills are unrivaled by anyone in this draft and he seems to be a sure fire top-four defenseman.
Why The Sabres Might Pass on Him
The defensive pipeline is long and the Sabres would be better served to look for a forward. Tinordi still needs time to develop into a top tier player and could find himself lost among the Sabres long list of defensive prospects.