Sam Jardine
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Sam Jardine


Lacombe Alberta

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6th round (169th overall), 2011


205 lbs.

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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.

2014-15: Jardine skated in 33 games for Ohio State in his final season of college hockey. He scored 2 goals with 10 assists and was -7 with 29 penalty minutes. The Buckeyes finished fifth in the six-team conference, upsetting fourth-place Penn State before falling to top seed Minnesota in the Big 10 tournament. Jardine signed an AHL contract with the Rockford IceHogs in August 2015, foregoing his senior season at Ohio State. 

Talent Analysis

Jardine is a mobile, puck-moving defenseman that is excellent in transition. He has worked to improve his foot speed, can get up the ice fairly quickly and moves well laterally. He has added physical strength during his college career and worked with Blackhawks' staff to improve his power. He has some offensive instincts, moves the puck well and makes great outlet passes. Jardine has poise and patience with the puck but sometimes holds the puck too long. He will jump into plays offensively and defensively uses his stick effectively to take away lanes. Jardine is solid in one-on-one situations and works to move opposing players off of pucks. He has the ability to kill penalties.


Jardine was signed to a one-year AHL deal and invited to Blackhawks' training camp prior to the 2015-16 season before being released. (While he is skating for Chicago affiliate Rockford he is not technically a Hawks' prospect — though that would likely change with a big season for the IceHogs). Jardine was a solid college defenseman who created offense from the back line. How much NHL potential he has remains to be seen.

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