I watched l’Antichambre on RDS Saturday night, and there were comparisons between the Canadiens' defensive rookie Jarred Tinordi, who had just played a strong first NHL game, and former Hab Hal Gill. There were some disapproving clucks on social media that these comparisons are outlandish and insulting to Mr. Tinordi. Unfortunately, a lot of the static came from people who hadn't watched the show, but heard about it second-hand, and they wound themselves up into an unwarranted righteous frenzy.
These comparisons were made by the Antichambre crew, and the in-between periods panels on the game broadcast, and allow me to assure you that this isn’t as facile a comparison as is feared. Benoit Brunet and others made the same comparison, but all took pains to explain that comparables are tricky, and they do so only to illustrate Mr. Tinordi's style of play and the type of impact he can have on a game. They specified they were comparing his stickwork and reach and how that has an impact on the opponents and their passing options. They all mentioned that he has a better first pass than Hal Gill , that his offensive game is developing and probably better than Hal’s even at this stage, that he moves better and that he’s more aggressive and tougher.