Tyler Toffoli knows all about the increased speed and sense of urgency that comes with climbing the ladder as a professional hockey player. After all, he’s climbed it at a great speed and with a keen sense of urgency. The Kings’ right wing scored 100 points (52 goals, 48 assists) in 65 games with the junior-level Ottawa 67s in 2011-12. Then he scored 51 points (28 goals, 23 assists) in 58 games with the Manchester (N.H.) Monarchs of the American Hockey League in 2012-13 and was named the Rookie of the Year. He also scored five points (two goals, three assists) in 10 games with the Kings.
All in all, it’s been a rapid ascent for Toffoli, who turned 21 on April 24.
“To get the opportunity to play in the Stanley Cup playoffs, every kid dreams about it and watches them while growing up,” said Toffoli, who was the Kings’ second-round pick (47th overall) in 2010. “To be able to get a chance to play in the playoffs, the tempo and the speed and it was so physical, it’s tough, but I think we loved all of it.”