Drafting at #47 overall, the Los Angeles Kings selected Center, Tyler Toffoli. The kid seemed to have fallen in the ratings by most considerations, and we here at Fansided.com had him going in the first round. Tyler Toffoli was graded as the #16 prospect by the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau, and emerges from Ottawa of the Ontario Hockey League.
Toffoli has put together 37 goals and 79 points with Ottawa last season, and will be looking to increase that amount as his offensive skills continue to mature. According to most reports, Toffoli isn’t an elite scorer, nor is he a star defensive forward, but he plays all aspects of the game well. He’s got significant hockey sense, and by all accounts does a very good job of positioning himself in the right places on the ice. Despite being a relatively slender 6′, he competes incredibly well along the boards, and will both take and receive hits if necessary to ensure the right play gets made.
Going into last year he was considered a potential top 15 selection, and while obviously his stock has slipped somewhat, it appears to be more a case of other players passing him, as opposed to any specific fault of his own. One thing is fairly clear, Toffoli is unlikely to make the team in the next couple years, so he’ll have valuable time to mature in the minors. He looks like he’ll be a talented pickup for the team, and should provide some offensive depth in the future.