It's been roughly a year since I last featured young Los Angeles Kings star Tyler Toffoli, so I thought I could revisit him with card #GJ-TT from Upper Deck's 2015-16 Series 1 set and UD Game Jersey sub-set, showing him wearing the team's white (away) uniform with a matching game-worn jersey swatch included:
Drew Doughty pulling a DiCaprio and playing for the Norris Trophy, Anze Kopitar playing himself into Selke contention again, Jonathan Quick showing his playoff form all season long for just the second time of his career, or Vincent Lecavalier pulling a resurrection act.
But who isn't impressed by Toffoli, who has already matched his career high set last year with 23 goals in just 51 games, good for first on the team - 10 ahead of Kopitar and Jeff Carter? He's also second to Kopitar in points, though he's 8 behind him with 38. Still, that leaves him just 11 short of last season's 49, his career-high so far.
He plays a heavy game that goes hand-in-hand with L.A.'s style, which is just to go about it methodically, in a straight line, plowing through everything that's in their way at second-tier speed. He'd probably not be as good a fit on an Eastern Conference team, but that's probably why the Kings got to draft him and not a speedy team.
It's hard to remember he's still just 23, what with a Stanley Cup championship on his resume already and two fine postseasons under his belt. The Kings are one of two Western teams I want to have reach the Final this year, with the Chicago Blackhawks. If the Kings make it, I'd like it to be against another heavy, tough team, the Washington Capitals; if the Hawks get there, I'd like it to be against the New York Islanders.