LA Kings coach Murray evaluates Tyler Toffoli’s 2011 camp

Tyler Toffoli at Kings camp (photo: C. Ikiri)

Coming into Rookie Camp the headline was clear – Tyler Toffoli vs. Brandon Kozun, which prospect would make the biggest impact?

Kozun fired the first shot, being the star of the two-game Rookie Tournament against the visiting Phoenix Coyotes. Days later, Toffoli responded by scoring a goal and assisting on another one during the Kings first pre-season game.

Now, considering they both were cut from camp on Sunday, we’re probably left without a definitive answer.

It was announced last night that Toffoli would be heading back to his junior team, the Ottawa 67’s, to defend his OHL scoring title.

Kings coach Terry Murray didn’t get a chance to meet with the talented right winger before he headed back to Canada. However, he did share a few thoughts after practice earlier today…

“He was one of the better players on the ice (during the Kings pre-season game in Phoenix last Wednesday). He played tremendous hockey,” Murray stated. “He was looking like a real pro, right from the very first day of rookie camp, through the rookie camp and on into the main camp. He’s never missed a beat. His play making, his attitude about taking pucks to the net and playing in the hard areas are tremendous. I think he’s going to be a real top pro.”

The fact that he was cut so soon in camp is a little bit surprising.  Just a week ago, Murray was very high on Toffoli when I asked him who had been the MVP of camp through the first few days (article here).

In the end though, it was going to be tough for a 19-year old kid, without any pro experience, to crack what is quickly turning into a veteran-heavy Kings line-up.

Originally selected by Los Angeles in the second round of the 2010 NHL Draft, Toffoli will now spend this season in the OHL and most likely be a featured player for Team Canada in the upcoming World Junior Championships.

He entered camp this year as the third highest rated prospect in the Kings organization, according to the MayorsManor top ten chart – and he was tops among all forwards.

For the lighter side of life, over the weekend, Toffoli and several of the other Kings prospects gave some movie and food reviews here on MayorsManor. Check out that article or one of the other Toffoli-related stories below.

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

RELATED ARTICLES:

Original Kings bookended his career with Fox and Toffoli

Interview with OHL Scoring Champion Tyler Toffoli

Tyler Toffoli – ‘My emotions will be going in the game vs. the Coyotes’

Exclusive:  Tyler Toffoli talks about his experience at Team Canada evaluation camp

Kings coach Murray on Dev Camp performances of Kozun, Toffoli

Post-game notes – Kings vs Coyotes, preseason game number one

Interview with Ottawa 67’s General Manager, Brian Kilrea

order here –> MayorsManor Store
View the store to see full line of shirts for men and women, dozen of styles and colors

Recent Articles

NHL RADIO REPLAY: Mayor’s Minutes – All the Latest LA Kings News

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of this week’s Mayor’s Minutes on NHL Network Radio, where John Hoven joined host Jim ‘Boomer’ Gordon to discuss all things Los Angeles.
Today’s radio segment can be heard using the player below or download any of our audio files for free on the MayorsManor iTunes page located here.

TSN REPLAY: Hoven Breaks Down LA Kings Draft and Roster Options

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on TSN Radio, where he joined host Kevin Olszewski to discuss several LA Kings related topics – including what’s next for AHL Ontario, prospects being considered for the No. 2 selection in the NHL Draft, and which players are on the bubble for the 2020-21 roster.
This […]

NHL Radio Replay: Hoven on Draft Lottery, Kings Plans, and Roster Notes

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of this week’s Hot Stove, where John Hoven joined hosts David Pagnotta, Dennis Bernstein, and Ryan Paton to break down what happened at the 2020 Draft Lottery, what’s next for the LA Kings, who will the pick, will he play in the NHL next season, the team’s top prospects, and […]

Major News Items

2020 NHL Draft Preview: Quinton Byfield, OHL Forward

One of Dean Lombardi’s most impactful picks came in the form of Drew Doughty at second overall. Twelve years later, the Kings would benefit if the lottery provided the same courtesy. According to Tankathon, Los … [Read More...]

More Prospect News

About John Hoven

John Hoven is a member of the of the Professional Hockey Writers Association and co-hosts Kings of the Podcast. He is also the founder and editor of MayorsManor.com, which has been named Best Sports Blog in Los Angeles by LA Weekly and Hockey Blog of the Year by Yahoo Sports. Click "ABOUT OUR TEAM" above for a full bio.