The regular season down to four games and with little chance he would play, the Kings sent rookie forward Tyler Toffoli back to Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League on Friday. Toffoli, who turns 21 on Wednesday, played in only eight games for the Kings and scored two goals and five points. He averaged only 11 minutes, 55 seconds per game. In 55 games in his rookie season with Manchester, he scored 48 points (28 goals, 20 assists). The Kings recalled him March 10.
Here’s Kings coach Darryl Sutter putting his unique spin on things when asked about Tyler Toffoli’s first NHL goal in only his second game since his recall from Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League: “I’m sure it is (a good feeling) for him. He scored his first goal. He basically had to just get it up and score. I put him out on the ice on the power play. He should come and thank me.”
Tyler Toffoli is set to make his NHL debut in Saturday’s game against the San Jose Sharks. He skated with veterans Jeff Carter and Mike Richards at the morning skate, so there could be some fireworks. Toffoli, a 20-year-old center, had a team-leading 28 games in 55 games this season with the Manchester (N.H.) Monarchs of the American Hockey League. Check back later for updates on his progress.
Tyler Toffoli was a healthy scratch for Monday’s 3-1 win over the Calgary Flames after the Kings recalled him from the Manchester (N.H.) Monarchs of the American Hockey League. The Kings have had only one extra forward, Brad Richardson, since trading Simon Gagne to the Philadelphia Flyers for a draft pick Feb. 26. Toffoli, 20, attended the Kings’ training camp and impressed the coaching staff, but was sent back to Manchester when the NHL’s lockout-delayed season began Jan. 19. He had 48 points in 55 games, including a team-leading 28 goals in his rookie season in the minors.
The Kings took the long-awaited and much-anticipated step of recalling center Tyler Toffoli from Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League on Sunday afternoon. The 20-year-old Toffoli has been lighting up the AHL in his rookie season in the minor leagues, scoring 28 goals and recording 20 assists with a team-leading plus-minus defensive rating of plus-20 in 55 games. Toffoli could make his debut Monday, when the Kings play host to the Calgary Flames at Staples Center. He was the club’s second-round pick (47th overall) in the 2010 entry draft. The Kings didn’t practice Sunday, so coach Darryl Sutter was unavailable to comment on his plans for Toffoli.
Kings general manager Dean Lombardi said he traded Simon Gagne to the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday in part because he was comfortable with the progress of some of the franchise’s prospects now with Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League. He wouldn’t name names, however. One possibility for promotion sooner rather than later is center Tyler Toffoli, a 20-year-old who as the Kings’ second-round pick in the 2010 draft. He has 26 goals and 17 assists in 43 games.
Kings coach Darryl Sutter is a difficult man to please. He wasn’t about to say their 5-2 victory Monday over the Ducks was their best-played game of the season. Here’s what he did say, however: “We struggled for the first half of the game. I think Jordan Nolan’s fight (with the Ducks’ Sheldon Souray) gave us a little energy, and (Slava) Voynov’s goal in the third was huge. Not tonight, it wasn’t (the Kings’ best game of the season). We played good in Edmonton and Calgary, too.”