Catching up with the returning Tyler Toffoli


He’s up, he’s down, he’s back.

With nine goals in 33 games played as an LA King this season, Tyler Toffoli sits sixth on the team’s goal scoring sheet. That’s two more goals than Mike Richards and one shy of Dustin Brown – in spite of playing 17 fewer games. However, after recording zero goals in his last 11 starts, the 21-year-old forward was sent back to Manchester.

During his brief stay with the Monarchs last weekend, the former OHL scoring champion put on quite a show Saturday night, notching a hat trick (watch highlights here).

The move also allowed Toffoli to potentially retain some ‘AHL eligibility’ should GM Dean Lombardi and crew decide to have him skate with the Monarchs during the upcoming break. That’s a debate for a different day though. For now, he’s back in LA and looks to probably play on the fourth line tonight vs the Ducks.

Following the team’s morning skate at their practice facility in El Segundo, here’s what Toffoli had to share with MayorsManor…

On if  his game slowed down in Manchester:

“I don’t think so. I just tried to keep the same place I had going here and working hard and keep my feet moving. For the most pat, I did that. It was good. I felt like I was playing really well and I was having the puck on my stick a lot and making plays. So it was good.”

On what Darryl Sutter and Dean Lombardi talked to him about:

“Just to keep working hard and be ready to play. Just don’t let my game slide and be confident and make the plays and do the things that I’m supposed to be doing.”

On if he has talked to Tanner Pearson and Linden Vey:

“I was here with Pears for a couple of days before I left and then I saw Veysie in Manch. He skated and he left. We were just talking, seeing how things were going up here. Just said good luck and same old stuff, really.”

On if he was having lunch with J.F. Berube when he got the call:

“I was with a couple of guys. We went for lunch and I went home and I was just kind of laying around and saw a 310 number call and I answered it. It was good, [they] called me and told me to get to the rink and pack up my stuff and come back up.”

On being on the team for the outdoor game:

“I think it’s going to be a lot of fun and obviously it’s good timing. When I was first up here, I was really looking forward to it and when I went down it was obviously a little bit of a tough feeling, but there’s nothing you can really do. It’s good to be back and I’m looking forward to it.”

On if he’s kept up with the progress over at Dodger Stadium:

“I’ve seen pictures and stuff on Twitter and Instagram, all those things. It looks pretty cool and they’re doing a pretty cool job putting it all together.”

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