Thursday, January 29, 2015

Tyler Toffoli Jersey Card

The Los Angeles Kings' star youngster Tyler Toffoli came back from a bout with mononucleosis last night with a 2-point performance against the Chicago Blackhawks. He was third on the Kings in goals when he got sick in early January, and got right back into the groove with the tying goal in a 4-3 win.

Toffoli, who wears uniform #73, came into prominence during last season's playoffs, as a member to That 70s Line with Jeff Carter (77) and Tanner Pearson (70), whom he is still paired with, but the Kings might want to return Toffoli back to his natural center position at some point to balance their offense out. Then again, maybe not. Stacking two lines with Anze Kopitar and Marian Gaborik on the other one is almost a fool-proof plan.

I don't know if the 47th player chosen in the 2010 draft will become a point-per-game player in the NHL, though he certainly was one in Juniors and in the AHL, but even that doesn't mean he can't be a consistent threat for 30-35 goals, perhaps with a peak over 40, which in itself would be terrific for the Kings, considering Carter is a former 50-goal scorer himself.

Here's a card from Upper Deck's 2013-14 SPx set (#RM-TT of the Rookie Materials sub-set), showing the 22-year-old with the Kings' black (home) uniform, with a purple swatch from a jersey worn in a rookie photo shoot:
It would have been nice of UD to have a swatch that fit the picture, but at least we're certain it's a Kings uniform he was wearing in the photo shoot...

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