Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/23/14 at 12:19 PM ET
from Mike Brophy of CBC,
He is only 22 years old, but already Tyler Toffoli is developing a reputation as an NHL playoff monster.
No surprise, really. He was a strong post-season performer with the Ottawa 67's before (and after) the Los Angeles Kings picked him in the second round of the 2010 entry draft, 47th overall.
Last year Toffoli spent most of his first pro season with Manchester of the American Hockey League, but when recalled by the Kings to participate in the Stanley Cup playoffs, he registered two goals and six points in 12 games. Not bad for a 21-year-old.
This season, playing on a line with veteran centre Jeff Carter and another kid, Tanner Pearson, Toffoli has continued to prove his ability to play his best hockey at the most important time of the season. He has five goals and nine points in 16 games and has been a big reason why Carter has already had the most productive NHL playoffs of his career with seven goals and 16 points in 16 games.
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