Tyler Toffoli is only 29 games into his first professional season but the Manchester Monarchs right wing has already made an impact on the offensive end. Toffoli leads the team with 13 goals and is tied with right wing Brandon Kozun for the team lead with 22 points.
Toffoli’s 13 goals and 22 points are tied for second overall in the American Hockey League and tied for sixth place among rookies. Toffoli has had a strong start but he knows more than half the season has yet to be played.
“I feel good and I am starting to get more used to the speed and the system that we play and everything,” reflected Toffoli. “It’s been good so far. I just have to keep it up for the rest of the season.”
Toffoli has been a welcomed addition to the Monarchs line-up and has carved out a role for himself in Manchester.
“His steady production has sparked our offense to date,” said Monarchs Head Coach Mark Morris. “He and his linemates have excellent chemistry and he has already made his mark as a finisher on that line.”
Toffoli’s linemates include 2012 NHL Entry Draft first round selection (30th overall), left wing Tanner Pearson and second-year standout center Linden Vey.
“We just try to keep moving the puck and create open spots for each other,” stated Toffoli on the secret to the success of their line. “Just do whatever we can to get the best opportunities to score goals, get chances and finish them when they come.”
The trio’s line has caused headaches for opponent defenses all season because of the variety of ways they can score.
“They all possess excellent qualities in the chemistry between the three of them which has been very dynamic,” said Morris. “Pearson’s best qualities are making plays in tight around the net and along the boards. Vey is able to be the creative passer and set-up man. Toffoli has great strength over the top of the puck and an NHL release. The combination of the three is only going to improve. They really enjoy one another’s company and they all compliment each other very well (on the ice).”
A second round selection (47th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Toffoli is making a strong case to be named a 2012 AHL All-Star which is in Providence January 27 - 28, 2013. Toffoli would be honored to be selected to represent the Monarchs but his goals are set on helping Manchester win games.
“It would be a lot of fun,” said the 20-year old right wing. “Hopefully, I can go and we will see what happens but there is nothing I can really do but play my game and do the best I can to help the team win.”
Toffoli and the Monarchs will travel on Friday to battle the Worcester Sharks for the second of three match-ups in six days between the two days. The third match-up is in Manchester for the Monarchs annual New Year’s Eve Celebration game on Monday, December 31. The celebration will feature the largest indoor fireworks display in New England following the game.