2010-11: T.J. Tynand 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.
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 competed for the Columbus entry in the Traverse City rookie tournament and attended his first NHL training camp with the Blue Jackets before being assigned to AHL affiliate Springfield to start the 2014-15 season. A skilled playmaker at the college level he is picking up where he left off at Notre Dame and is among the assist leaders for the Falcons in his first pro season. While Tynan's size may be an issue in cracking an NHL lineup, his determination and two-way play suggest he can be the type of player capable of playing in all situations and an effective power play forward.