Tyler Toffoli doesn’t seem to have any desire to return to the AHL. That appears to be a safe assumption based on his high level of play since getting recalled to the Los Angeles Kings on November 1.
Only the emergence of a young player like Toffoli could make Jeff Carter’s foot injury digestible news, and the 21-year-old has been on fire for the Kings over the last five games. He has scored at least a point in every contest since he was recalled, totaling seven points in that stretch.
Perhaps his most impressive performance came last night as the Kings took on the New York Islanders. L.A. trailed in the third period, but stormed back to seal the victory. Despite being shorthanded and banged up, and despite missing Jonathan Quick in net, the team found a way to win.
One of the major reasons was Toffoli, who scored the game-winning goal with 87 seconds left on the clock in the final frame.
Not a bad play for a kid who began the season with the Manchester Monarchs in the AHL. Drew Doughty spoke to Ira Podell of the Los Angeles Daily News about L.A.’s performance despite missing top-end players:
This shows the depth of our character. We’re missing guys and we found a way even when we were behind the 8-ball. Our special teams made the difference.
When the Kings get healthy, they’ll have a tough time sending Toffoli back to the minors if he keeps up this level of play. L.A. will try to stay in the win column sans Quick and Carter tonight when they take on the streaking New Jersey Devils.