The Los Angeles Kings are already fully aware of the impact young forward Tyler Toffoli can have at the NHL level. In eight games for the Kings this season, Toffoli has two goals and five points. On Friday, the AHL honored him for his play in the AHL for the Manchester Monarchs this season, naming him the league’s Rookie of the Year.
Through 55 games with the Monarchs, Toffoli scored 28 goals while adding 20 assists. That placed him third on a team that also includes top prospects Linden Vey and Brandon Kozun, while his goal total is the most by any rookie in the AHL. Toffoli has also proven to be a valuable special teams player for the Monarchs and has three shorthanded goals and six power play goals. He also sported a plus-20 rating in Manchester, where the team has won only four games without him in the lineup.
The Kings selected Toffoli in the second round of the 2010 draft, after watching him star for the OHL’s Ottawa 67’s for two seasons. He would play two more seasons there after being drafted, recording 100 points or more in each of those seasons. He represented the Monarchs at the 2013 AHL All-Star Classic in January, and was honored earlier in the week as a member of the AHL All-Rookie team. Toffoli has been a healthy scratch for the Kings’ past five games, but should be back in the lineup soon given the team’s recent scoring struggles.