Max Tardy
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Max Tardy


Duluth Minnesota

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7th round (202nd overall), 2009


185 lbs.

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2008-09: Max Tardy scored 28 goals and added 20 assists in 25 games for Duluth East High School, and was a finalist for the 2009 Mr. Hockey award in Minnesota.

2009-10: Tardy skated in 52 USHL games with the Tri-City Storm, scoring 12 goals, 24 assists for 36 points. He added 1 assist in 3 playoff games.

2010-11: Tardy skated in 26 games for NCAA national champion Minnesota-Duluth as a freshman. Tardy saw limited ice time for much of the year but his role steadily increased as the season went on and he scored his only goal, a power play tally, in the national championship game against Michigan. He finished the season with 1 goal and 2 assists and was minus-3 with 14 PMs.

2011-12: Playing in a lower line role for Minnesota-Duluth as a sophomore, Tardy skated in all 41 games for the Bulldogs and was plus-1 with 6 penalty minutes – scoring 2 goals with 5 assists. The defending NCAA champions, Minnesota-Duluth finished second in the WCHA and were ranked among the top teams in college hockey. The Bulldogs lost to Denver in double overtime in the WCHA semifinals and lost to eventual national champion Boston College in the NCAA Northeast Regional Final.

2012-13: Tardy appeared in 14 of 38 games for Minnesota-Duluth as a junior in what was an uncharacteristic tough season for the Bulldogs. Caught in a numbers game among the lower line forwards, Tardy had 1 assist and was an even plus/minus with 6 penalty minutes. The Bulldogs finished ninth in their final season in the WCHA and were swept by Wisconsin in the first round of the conference tournament.

2013-14: Tardy skated in 25 games for Minnesota-Duluth in his senior season. He scored 1 goal with 1 assist  and was plus-1 with 12 penalty minutes. The Bulldogs tied Western Michigan for fourth place in the inaugural season of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference and were swept by the Broncos in  a best-of-three NCHC quarterfinal series. Tardy was not signed by St. Louis; becoming an unrestricted free agent. 


Talent Analysis

Tardy plays an explosive game and does not shy away from the net but did not really develop as an offensive threat during his college career. He delivers solid hits and is a very good forechecker. He spent most of his career at U-MD as a third and fourth line player and does not seem to have much NHL potential.


Tardy had a nondescript college career and was not signed to an entry-level contract by St. Louis. He began the 2014-15 season in the ECHL training camp of the Fort Wayne Komets but was released and subsequently signed with the Pensacola Ice Flyers in the Southern Professional Hockey League. He has yet to play a game this season and would be considered a long-shot to play in the NHL at this point.

Several St. Louis Blues CHL prospects enjoyed long 2012 post-season

by Brad Gardner

Photo: Goaltender Jordan Binnington had a rough post-season posting an 0-2 record and a 5.00 goals against average. (CHL Images)


Plenty of St. Louis prospects made noise during their team's respective postseason runs with several bringing home league championships. Two prospects were integral to Saint John's run toward their second consecutive QMJHL Championship while a third Quebec League prospect came out on top at the Memorial Cup. The Blues were also represented on the Swedish Elite League champion Brynas team. Several other prospects ranked among their league's top scorers during the playoffs despite falling short of the championship.

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