Michal Jordan
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Michal Jordan

Hometown:

Zlin Czech Republic

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1990-07-17

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2008

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

4th round (105th overall), 2008

Weight:

184 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2006-07: Michal Jordan played Zlin in the Czech juniors. In 40 games he scored 7 goals with 11 assists and 20 PIM. In six games playing for the Czech Republic at the WJC U-18 tournament, he had one assist.

2007-08: Jordan began the season in the OHL with the Windsor Spitfires before a mid-season trade to the Peter Karmanos-owned Plymouth Whalers (Karmanos owns both the Whalers and the Hurricanes; Carolina has drafted several Whalers). In 61 regular season games with Windsor and Plymouth, Jordan scored 6 goals with 22 assists and 44 PIM. In four playoff games with Plymouth, Jordan had 3 assists but with a discouraging minus-9 as the Whalers were swept by Kitchener. Jordan also represented the Czech Republic in both the U-18 and U20 WJC tournaments in addition to playing in the OHL. With the U-18 team, he finished with 5 assists in five games while he had 1 assist in six games with the U-20 squad. Carolina selected Jordan in the fourth round (105th overall) in the 2008 NHL Draft. 

2008-09: Jordan attended camp with the Hurricanes before returning to the OHL and was Plymouth’s top scoring defenseman, registering 12 goals and 30 assists and plus-28 in 58 games. His 42 points ranked tied for 13th among all OHL defensemen. Both Plymouth and Jordan fared better in the playoffs. In eleven games, Jordan had 3 assists with 12 PIM and was plus-2 as the Whalers defeated Sarnia in the first round before falling to Memorial Cup-bound Windsor in the second round. Again representing the Czech Republic at the WJC U-20 tournament, he had 1 assist in six games.

2009-10: Jordan suffered an injury during the Traverse City Prospects tournament which caused him to miss some time before returning to Plymouth and also missed time in the middle of the season while captaining the Czech Republic team at the WJC. In 41 regular season games for Plymouth, Jordan scored 13 goals with 19 assists with eleven of those goals coming on the power play. His plus/minus of plus-1 was well-below his figure from 2008-09. In nine OHL playoff games, he had 5 assists with 8 PIM and was plus-1. Jordan signed an entry level contract with Carolina in April and was with Albany during the AHL playoffs but did not play in any games. With the Czech Republic, he played in all six games at the WJC with 1 assist.

2010-11: Jordan competed for Hurricanes’ AHL affiliate Charlotte as a 20-year-old in his first season of pro hockey. In 67 games, he scored 4 goals with 14 assists and had 35 PMs. Jordan’s plus-15 plus/minus was the second-best on the Checkers behind veteran forward Jacob Mickflikier. In 16 OHL playoff games, Jordan had 2 assists and was minus-3.

2011-12: Jordan was one of two players to skate in all 76 games for Carolina AHL affiliate Charlotte in his second pro season. Though focused on the defensive aspects of the game he was second amongst Checkers defensemen with 22 points; scoring 4 goals with 18 assists and was minus-15 with 43 penalty minutes. Charlotte finished third in the Midwest Division; one point out of an AHL playoff spot.

2012-13: Jordan made his NHL debut in his third pro season, skating in five February games with the Hurricanes, and represented Carolina’s AHL affiliate in Charlotte in the 2013 AHL All-Star Game. He was scoreless and minus-2 with 2 penalty minutes, averaging just under 11 minutes of ice time with the Hurricanes. Jordan scored 6 goals with 10 assists in 55 games and was plus-6 with 22 penalty minutes with the Checkers. He missed four games in Charlotte’s first round playoff series with Oklahoma City due to injury and had one assist in his only playoff game. Jordan was re-signed by Carolina as a restricted free agent to a one-year contract in July, 2013.

2013-14: Jordan skated in 70 games for Carolina AHL affiliate Charlotte in his fourth pro season and played for the Czech Republic in the 2014 World Championship in Belarus. He scored 4 goals with 21 assists in 70 games for the Checkers and was minus-12 with 20 penalty minutes. Charlotte missed the AHL playoffs; finishing fourth in the West Division. Jordan had 1 assist and was an even plus/minus with 2 penalty minutes in nine games at the World Championship. The Czech Republic finished fourth; falling 3-0 to Sweden in the bronze medal game. Jordan signed a one-year, two-way contract with Carolina as a restricted free agent in July 2014. 

Talent Analysis

Jordan is the prototypical puck-moving defenseman who thrives in power play situations. He is reliable in his own end though he does not play a particularly physical game. He is a leader on his team and has a good feel for the game.

Future

Jordan attended training camp with the Hurricanes and was assigned to AHL affiliate Charlotte to begin the 2014-15 season after clearing waivers. Now in his fifth pro season with the Carolina organization, he was re-called early in the year and appeared in a November game. A popular player with Checkers fans for his offensive flourishes at the AHL level, it appears that Jordan has reached the ceiling of his potential. His offensive game suggests he can play at the NHL level for spurts but his defensive play limits him in securing a full-time role. With several young defensemen making their way through the pipeline in the Hurricanes organization, it is likely Jordan continues to spend the bulk of his career shuttling between the NHL and AHL or possibly signs a contract to play a full-time roll for a top club in Europe.

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