Earlier this week, the Los Angeles Kings called up their top prospect, Tyler Toffoli. Despite the fact that he is on the roster right now, he has yet to appear in a game.
That could change on Saturday night, when the Kings take on their division rivals, the San Jose Sharks. All indications are that Toffoli will be in the lineup to make his much-anticipated debut with the Kings.
Toffoli has been a player to watch in the Kings system since he was drafted in the second round back in 2010. Whether it was with the Ottawa 67’s in the OHL or with the Manchester Monarchs this season in the AHL, there’s one thing that this kid does know how to do: find the back of the net.
In the past few seasons, regardless of the level, he’s been a scoring machine. He scored 57 goals with the 67’s last year and had 28 with the Monarchs this season prior to being called up. If there’s one thing the Kings are always looking for more of, it’s scoring.
Though it’s taken a bit longer than expected after his callup for Toffoli to get into the lineup, the Kings called him up to play him. He wasn’t going to sit in the press box for very long. And that wait will come to an end against San Jose.
Toffoli is expected to join the Kings against the Sharks on Saturday and skate inside of the top six. He’ll likely start on a line with Jeff Carter and Mike Richards. Not a bad place at all to start. This kid is going to be one to keep an eye on.