2008-09: Sam Jardine skated in four games with the Red Deer Rebels midget AAA team and spent the bulk of the season with the Red Deer Chiefs U16 team. He had one assist in AMHL play with the Rebels. In 32 games with the Cheifs he scored 6 goals with 21 assists and had 36 PMs.
2009-10: Jardine made his junior debut with the Camrose Kodiaks, skating in three games in the Alberta Junior Hockey League and was one of the top defensemen for the Red Deer Rebels midget AAA team. He was scoreless with 3 PMs for the Kodiaks. In 34 games with the Rebels he had 9 goals with 15 assists and 18 PMs. He skated in 10 playoff games with the Rebels and had 1 goal with 2 assists.
2010-11: Jardine played a full season with the Camrose Kodiaks in the AJHL and skated for Canada West in the 2010 World Junior A Challenge. In 50 games with the Kodiaks he notched 6 goals and 16 assists. In 23 playoff games he scored 4 goals with 7 assists and had 24 penalty minutes. Camrose reached the league finals after finishing third in the West Division during the season. Jardine was named to the AJHL’s All-Rookie team. Camrose competed in the RBC Cup as the host team and in five games Jardine scored 1 goal with 4 assists and had 4 penalty minutes. In five games at the WJAC, he had 1 assist with 4 penalty minutes as Canada West finished fourth – falling to Switzerland in the bronze medal game.
2011-12: Jardine returned to Camrose for a second season and once again skated for Canada West in the 2012 Junior A Challenge. He was the leading scorer amongst Kodiaks defensemen, scoring 11 goals with 19 assists in 51 games. Jardine scored 5 of his 11 goals on the power play and had 83 penalty minutes. In four playoff games he had 2 assists and was minus-one. In November 2011 he committed to playing college hockey at Ohio State in 2012-13. In five games at the WJAC, Jardine had 3 assists with 4 penalty minutes. Canada West defeated Canada East, 4-2, in the championship game.
2012-13: Jardine skated in 28 games for Ohio State as a freshman – missing nearly two months after suffering a forearm injury in a November game against Alaska. Spending much of the season partnered with huge Buckeyes defenseman Justin Da Silva, he had 7 assists and was -1 with 48 penalty minutes. Ohio State was fourth in the CCHA despite finishing one game under .500. The Buckeyes reached the conference semifinals before falling to Notre Dame.
2013-14: Jardine moved into a primary role for Ohio State in his sophomore season. Playing mostly on the top two pairings for the Buckeyes he scored 1 goal with 12 assists and was plus-7 with 41 penalty minutes. Ohio State finished fourth in the Big Ten and reached the conference championship game but did not receive an NCAA tournament berth after losing to Wisconsin, 5-4, in overtime.
Jardine is a mobile, puck-moving defenseman that is excellent in transition. He possesses good foot speed, can get up the ice fairly quickly and moves exceedingly well laterally. He also is quite agile on his skates too. His strides however lack a bit of power due to his lack of overall physical strength. Jardine’s excellent skating allows him to transition quickly and effectively, and he can be seen jumping into plays as well. It also makes him a terrific penalty killer as well. He has a great stick and uses it in effectively taking away lanes. Jardine does an excellent job on one-on-one situations, but could stand to be more aggressive in moving opposing players off of pucks. Another of Jardine’s best assets is his hands. He moves (and moves with) the puck exceedingly well and makes great outlet passes. He has shown poise and patience with the puck, but could stand to move it more quickly. That should come as he matures and better acclimates himself to the speed of the college game. The biggest thing that Jardine will need to do is add size and strength to his 6’1 frame. He’ll likely top out around 210 pounds.
Jardine is in his junior season at Ohio State in 2014-15. After seeing significant ice time in his sophomore season last year he has been skating with 19-year-old freshman Janik Moser, a native of Germany, early in the season for the Buckeyes. Jardine has developed into a solid college defensemen capable of creating offense from the back line. How much higher the ceiling is on his potential remains to be seen.