The rising stock of L.A. Kings Tyler Toffoli

Tyler Toffoli exits the Staples Center locker room, gearing up for a playoff game this April. (Getty Images)

Tyler Toffoli, 22 year-old Canadian, was drafted in 2010 by the LA Kings in the second round (47th overall) of the National Hockey League Entry Draft. Four years later, Tyler has officially made his mark on a NHL roster.

Making his first appearance in the pros in ’12 with the team that drafted him, Toffoli played all of 10 games in the regular season and 12 in the playoffs. Throughout those games, the unexperienced youngster scored 11 points (regular season and playoffs combined)…not overly impressive, but he did show signs of potential.

Unfortunately for Mr. Toffoli, he was sent down Los Angeles’ minor league affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, and played the majority of the 2012-2013 season there.

Bouncing back and forth from the NHL to the AHL for approximately two years, Tyler Toffoli has secured a position on the starting roster after a well rounded performance for the duration of the regular season and in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Combining with the talented Jeff Carter and fellow breakthrough sensation, Tanner Pearson,  helped Tyler Toffoli tremendously. In 62 NHL games, he racked up 29 points, which is very respectable given his time on ice last year (minutes almost identical to that of teammate Mike Richards). Not to mention the fact that Toffoli attempted shots at a higher rate than any other King who was NOT named Jeff Carter. Without a doubt, if he can keep that up, he will score a lot of goals as his share of ice time will gradually increase.

Tyler Toffoli stats (lak.nhl)

Tyler Toffoli stats (lak.nhl)

It is not only these factors which led us here at FTHN to believe that the stock of Tyler Toffoli will increase. In addition, it is also his recent performance in the playoffs that helped the Kings win a Stanley Cup for the second time in three years.

That same line of Pearson-Carter-Toffoli drove play and was proficient on a multitude of levels. Tyler Toffoli alone had a Corsi of 58.32%…leading the Kings roster in that category, all while scoring 14 points (7 goals / 7 assists) in 26 games on the second line.

Evidently, going into the 2014-2015 year, if Toffoli can play on a consistent line he will become a threat for every team he faces. Let’s see if the now experienced member of the Los Angeles Kings can live up to the hype he has for another potentially great season.

Tyler Toffoli celebrates the Kings 2014 Stanley Cup victory, breaking Rangers fans hearts everywhere. (Getty Images)

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