The Kings were eventually going to take a decent, up-close look at promising forward Tyler Toffoli, but his arrival in Los Angeles was hastened by a look at the statistics.
Kings Coach Darryl Sutter has talked often about the lack of scoring coming from the left side, and expanded on that on Monday after the morning skate.
Sutter noted that they were “halfway into the year,” with wingers with one or no goals. Increased competition, from the likes of Toffoli, might jump-start some of the lagging wingers.
Toffoli’s NHL debut won’t be Monday night, but it could come soon in the midst of a hectic March schedule. He skated with extras on Monday: forward Brad Richardson and defenseman Davis Drewiske, and goalie Jonathan Bernier stayed out for extra work.
The news of his call-up from the Kings’ minor-league affiliate in Manchester, N.H., came when he was taping his sticks before a game. Toffoli, a second-round draft choice in 2010, turns 21 in April and has 48 points in 55 games with Manchester.