Tyler Toffoli played a good deal last season with Tanner Pearson and Linden Vey while they were with the Manchester (N.H.) Monarchs of the American Hockey League. They were broken up only after Toffoli was summoned to Los Angeles to join the Kings.
Toffoli scored two goals and added three assists in 10 regular-season games and also had two goals and four assists in 12 playoff contests. Toffoli, Pearson and Vey could be re-united as linemates this season. It could be in Manchester. Or it could be with the Kings.
They have skated together at times so far during the first few days of training camp. It’s probably out of the question that all three could make the Kings’ opening-night roster, however, and far more likely they’ll be together again with the Monarchs.
But there’s always a chance they could each make the rather large step to the NHL this season. Toffoli would appear to have the best shot of the three, giving his experience last season and his remarkable knack for being in the right spot at the right time.
It’s a gift the best goal-scorers seem to share, and it could help Toffoli land a spot with the Kings this season. Last season, the Kings’ coaching staff seemed open to the idea of having Toffoli shift to left wing from the right side. The Kings are thin at left wing, but loaded at center and right wing — Toffoli’s preferred positions.