Prospects update: Toffoli, Vey lead leagues - LA Kings Insider

Now that the major-junior and college hockey seasons are heading to their respective playoffs, it’s a good time to look at how the Kings’ prospects fared this season. In particular, it was a notable season for both Tyler Toffoli and Linden Vey. Toffoli, a second-round Kings draft pick last year, led the Ontario Hockey League with 108 points. Vey, a fourth-round pick in 2009, led the Western Hockey League with 116 points. The OHL and QMJHL playoffs start Thursday, while the WHL and NCAA playoffs start Friday. Here’s a rundown of the Kings’ junior and college prospects, including Toffoli, Vey, Jean-Francois Berube, Robbie Czarnik, Nicolas Deslauriers, Nic Dowd, Derek Forbort, Kevin Gravel, Maxim Kitsyn, Garrett Roe, Brayden Schenn, Joshua Turnbull and Jordan Weal.

Tyler Toffoli (F, second round, 2010) led the OHL in scoring, with 108 points in 68 games (57 goals, 51 assists). Toffoli’s Ottawa 67s finished second in the Eastern Conference and will have a first-round series against the No. 7 Sudbury Wolves.
Robbie Czarnik (F, third round, 2008) totaled 33 goals and 44 assists in 61 games. Czarnik’s Plymouth Whalers finished sixth in the Western Conference and will have a first-round series against the No. 3 Kitchener Rangers.
Maxim Kitsyn (F, sixth round, 2010) totaled 9 goals and 17 assists in 32 games. Kitsyn’s Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors finished first in the Eastern Conference and will have a first-round series against the No. 8 Belleville Bulls. The Majors will also host the Memorial Cup.

Linden Vey (F, fourth round, 2009) led the WHL in scoring, with 116 points in 69 games (46 goals, 70 assists). Vey’s Medicine Hat Tigers finished third in the Eastern Conference and will have a first-round series against the No. 6 Brandon Wheat Kings.
Brayden Schenn (F, first round, 2009) totaled 22 goals and 35 assists in 29 games. Schenn’s Saskatoon Blades finished first in the Eastern Conference (and first in the WHL) and will have a first-round series against the No. 8 Prince Albert Raiders.
Jordan Weal (F, third round, 2010) tied for fifth in the WHL in scoring, with 96 points in 72 games (43 goals, 53 assists). Weal’s Regina Pats did not make the WHL playoffs.

Nicolas Deslauriers (D, third round, 2009) totaled 13 goals and 30 assists and had a plus-22 rating in 48 games. Deslauriers’ Gatineau Olympiques finished fifth in the QMJHL and will have a first-round series against No. 12 Rimouski Oceanic.
Jean-Francois Berube (G, fourth round, 2009) had a 32-7-3-5 record, a 2.60 goals-against average (fourth in the league), a .902 save percentage and three shutouts in 50 games. Berube’s Montreal Juniors finished second in the QMJHL and will have a first-round series against The No. 15 Halifax Mooseheads.

Derek Forbort (D, first round, 2010) totaled 0 goals and 15 assists and had a plus-21 rating in 35 games. Forbort’s University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux received the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will play Rensselaer in the first round.
Nic Dowd (F, seventh round, 2009) totaled 5 goals and 13 assists in 36 games. Dowd’s St. Cloud State Huskies were not selected for the NCAA Tournament.
Kevin Gravel (D, fifth round, 2010) totaled 1 goal and 5 assists and had a minus-7 rating in 36 games. Gravel’s St. Cloud State Huskies were not selected for the NCAA Tournament.
Garret Roe (F, seventh round, 2008) totaled 10 goals and 26 assists in 38 games. Roe’s St. Cloud State Huskies were not selected for the NCAA Tournament.
Joshua Turnbull (F, fifth round, 2007) totaled 13 goals and 7 assists in 38 games. Turnbull’s University of Wisconsin Badgers were not selected for the NCAA Tournament.

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#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


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#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


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#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


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