2010-11: In his freshmen year, T.J. Tynan scored 54 points in 44 games. He put his passing in display with 31 assists and showed he could finish as well with 23 goals playing with the Notre Dame 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.
Tynan is a very good playmaking forward and his passing ability has no ceiling, but at 5’8, Tynan needs to bulk up significantly otherwise professional hockey will eat him alive. There are so many NCAA super stars who are too small to make it in the NHL and Tynan could be another of those products. The new NHL leaves the opportunity for younger plays to excel on their positioning and Tynan has developed a good understanding of the game.
Tynan will finish out his two final seasons in Notre Dame, he’s on pace to finish with over 115 career assists, and will get a chance in the AHL where he will sink or swim.