The Los Angeles Kings have added two of their coveted prospects to the fold officially with standard three-year, entry-level contracts. Both Tyler Toffoli and Jordan Weal are already playing with the Manchester Monarchs, and will remain there. However their play clearly did enough to persuade management to extend a professional contract to them at this point.
Tyler Toffoli was a 2nd round pick last year for the Kings, and spent this season in the Ontario Hockey League. Toffoli lead the OHL with 57 goals and 108 points in 68 regular season games while suiting up for the Ottawa 67s. It’s an impressive offensive performance, and one that may or may not translate well to the NHL level. At nearly 19 years old, Toffoli still has quite a bit of development to go yet, but he has the kind of offensive upside that Kings scouts are hoping will make him a contributing forward for years to come.
Jordan Weal on the other hand was a 3rd round pick last year, and pitifully tied for 5th in the Western Hockey League scoring race. OK, so it wasn’t pitiful, it was an impressive performance, and Weal netted 43 goals and 96 points in 72 games. It wasn’t as dominating as Toffoli, but Weal brings a different style of game. Listed as only 5’9″, Weal is a small guy, but one noted for his tenaciousness on the forecheck, and his development will be interesting to watch.
The new additions will probably not see much time in the NHL for the next season or two, but training camp next year will be an opportunity for both of them to demonstrate how they have developed and grown into a professional hockey players. What do you think of the additions? Good signing?