2010-11: T.J. Tynan recorded 54 points in 44 games for Notre Dame in his freshmen year of college hockey. He scored 23 goals and put his passing in display with 31 assists for the Fighting Irish. In June’s draft, the Blue Jackets selected him with the 67th overall pick in the third round.
2011-12: His sophomore was solid as he set up 28 goals and scored another 13 in 39 games with the Irish. He had the honor of playing for his first US National team (USA U20) in the World Junior Championships U20. He scored four points in six games in the international tournament, his totals favoring assists once again.
2012-13: Tynan skated in all 41 games for Notre Dame in his junior season and was the team’s fourth-leading scorer. He scored 10 goals (five on the power play) with 18 assists and was minus-1 with 28 penalty minutes. Notre Dame finished second in the CCHA behind Miami in the regular season but captured the last-ever CCHA playoff title, defeating seventh-place Michigan in the championship game. Tynan was named the CCHA tournament’s MVP. The Fighting Irish lost to St. Cloud State in the Midwest Regional semifinals to finish the years 25-13-3.
2013-14: Tynan made his pro hockey debut with Columbus AHL affiliate Springfield following his senior season at Notre Dame. Signed to a two-year entry-level contract by the Blue Jackets in April 2014, he had no points and was plus-1 with 2 penalty minutes in three regular season games with the Falcons. He did not see any action in the five-game playoff series with Providence. Tynan was the leading scorer for Notre Dame in his final season of college hockey. In 40 games he scored 8 goals with a team-leading 30 assists and was plus-15 with 30 penalty minutes. The Fighting Irish finished seventh in their first season in Hockey East but earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after upsetting Boston College in the first round of the conference tournament. Notre Dame lost to St. Cloud State, 4-3, in overtime in the NCAA West regional semifinals.
2014-15: Tynan skated in 75 games for Blue Jackets’ AHL affiliate Springfield in his first pro season. He scored 13 goals with 35 assists and was -7 with 48 penalty minutes. The Falcons finished third in the Northeast Division, one point behind Portland for the final playoff spot.
2015-16: Tynan skated for new Columbus AHL affiliate Lake Erie in his second pro season, leading the Monsters in assists. Lake Erie was one of four teams in the Central Division to compete for the top spot all season, reaching the AHL playoffs.
Tynan is a playmaker whose passing allows him to be effective centering speedy wingers that can get to the net. Although his size is an issue, he plays with grit and is not afraid to get in front of the crease. He has the potential to develop into a bottom six forward and can be utilized on the penalty kill.
Tynan, in his second AHL season in 2015-16, is among the leading scorers for new Columbus affiliate Lake Erie. An undersized scorer who has dominated at every level he's played, he would become an unrestricted free agent if not tendered a qualifying offer this summer. Tynan's size works against him but his skill set suggests he can be an effective lower line scoring center.