Tyler Toffoli -- Next Stop Manchester
Tyler Toffoli has dominated the OHL the past two seasons like few have in recent years. He scored 208 points in his last 133 regular season games; 109 of them have been goals. He’s been on a terrific Ottawa 67’s team that he was dominating with and now he will try and do the same in Manchester when he enters into his first full AHL season. He was up for a cup of coffee late last season.
At 6-1, 187, this versatile center (can also play the wing) has a pro wrist shot that he can score from far away with. It’s heavy and it’s accurate. He has excellent stick control and he’s a power play whiz. He stays out of penalty box, a mark of a smart offensive-minded player.
He will stand up for himself and he’s put on some muscle in the past few seasons. This talented 20-year-old had 18 points in 18 playoff games with 11 goals last year. Like most young players his skating could be a tad better to be able to battle at the NHL level.
He is defensively responsible. The Scarborough, Ontario native could still win more one-on-one battles to become more of a complete player. He was picked 47th overall in 2010 but I had him pegged as a late first rounder because he has top-six talent.
Fans should flock to New Hampshire to see him play. He won’t be there for long.
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