Super Series Game 3 – Notes on Toffoli and Kitsyn

After sweeping the opening two games against the QMJHL earlier this week, Team Russia dropped its first contest versus the OHL all-stars by a score of 4-0 earlier tonight.

This continued the trend of the last seven years. Entering the game, teams from the OHL had beaten the visiting Russians 14 out of 14 times, outscoring them 66-24 in the process.

For those unfamiliar, the Subway Super Series is a annual six-game tournament that takes a team of Russian junior level all stars on a trip throughout Canada, where they play two games each against the QMJHL, OHL and WHL. The event also serves as an evaluation for the roster Canada assembles prior to the World Junior Championships.

In previous years, players with Kings ties to participate in the series include Drew Doughty, Brayden Schenn, Jonathan Bernier, Wayne Simmonds and Thomas Hickey.

This year, they have a total of six prospects playing, led by Russia’s Maxim Kitsyn – who led his team with four goals during last year’s series and was off to a red hot start again this year.  In Monday’s opening game vs. the QMJHL (where he faced fellow prospects Nic Deslauriers and JF Bérubé) he had two goals and an assist.

However, he was rather quiet in this game, finishing the evening with zero points and served time for a holding penalty in the first period.

On the other side of the ice was the OHL’s Tyler Toffoli, who had two goals in two games of the series last year.

Although the Kings moved up in the draft to select Toffoli in the second round this past June (and he’s been called the ‘steal’ of the draft by some), GM Brian Kilrea of the Ottawa 67s, his regular junior team, cautioned everybody to cool their jets a bit in an interview here earlier this summer – saying “He’s a great play maker, but he’s 18 years old and the expectations should be set accordingly. People should be patient with him and allow him to develop, including filling out physically.”

In this game he had one assist and was a plus-one.

After taking the weekend off, the series resumes on Monday night in Sudbury, ONT with a 4pm PST start. 
It will be the final OHL vs. Russia game before the series moves on to the WHL later in the week.

Watch it all online for free – details here.

The Mayor
www.twitter.com/Mayor119
www.facebook.com/MayorsManor

RELATED ARTICLES:

Interview with Tyler Toffoli – comments on the OHL vs. Russia games, plus being drafted by LA

Super Series Game 2 Preview w/ JF Berube

Super Series Game 1 Report w/ Nic Deslauriers

LA Kings 2010 Draft Wrap-up

Team Canada summer camp report w/ Kyle Clifford
.

Recent Articles

2015 NHL Draft - Rounds 2-7

At the NHL Draft Table with Mark Yannetti, Kings Director of Scouting

Coming out of last weekend’s NHL Draft and heading into next week’s Development Camp, we’re turning up the focus on our prospect coverage. For the Kings’ 2015 Draft class, the work is just about to begin, as they will get their first taste of what will be needed to hopefully reach the NHL someday. Behind-the-scenes, […]

TSN Radio

FREE REPLAY: Hoven on TSN Radio – Talking Sekera, Stoll, and Williams

Follow @MayorsManor Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on TSN Radio in Winnipeg with Rick Ralph, where they discussed what the Milan Lucic trade means for the Los Angeles Kings, the team’s interest in signing Andrej Sekera, Jarret Stoll’s status heading into free agency, and more. You can give today’s segment a listen using […]

Kopitar-Anze-hockey-LA-Kings

FREE REPLAY: Hoven on Sportsnet, Talking Kopitar, Lucic, and Jones

Follow @MayorsManor Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on Sportsnet Radio in Calgary with Pat Steinberg and Rob Kerr, where they discussed the latest on a possible contract extension for Anze Kopitar, Boston trading Milan Lucic to Los Angeles, the status of Andrej Sekera, what happened with Martin Jones, and more. You can give […]

Major News Items

Forbort AHL Burger King

LA Kings 2014-15 Midseason Prospect Rankings: The Top 5

Finally, the wait is over. With the Honorable Mentions and Nos. 6-10 prospects previously revealed in other articles, we are now prepared to share the final five players making up the latest edition of our L.A. Kings Top … [Read More...]

More Prospect News