Monarchs make playoffs; Toffoli still playing - LA Kings Insider

The Manchester Monarchs, the Kings’ American Hockey League affiliate, have made the playoffs. That’s the good news. The bad news is that, in the first round, the face a team that hasn’t lost in more than two months. The Monarchs finished eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a 39-32-5 record, and drew the top-seeded Norfolk Admirals, who finished with a 55-18-3 record with with 28 consecutive wins, a record for a North American professional hockey team. Norfolk’s last loss came on Feb. 5. The best-of-five first-round series begins with games Friday and Saturday at Norfolk.

The Monarchs finished the regular season strong. Going into the final weekend, they needed three consecutive victories in order to guarantee themselves a playoff spot, and they went 3-0. Justin Azevedo finished the season with team-highs of 28 goals and 50 points. Patrick Mullen had a team-high 28 assists. Brandon Kozun had 20 goals and 26 assists while Linden Vey had 19 goals and 24 assists. In goal, Jeff Zatkoff and Martin Jones split time. Zatkoff, in 44 games, had 21-17-1 record, a 2.49 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage. Jones, in 41 games, had an 18-17-2 record, a 2.60 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage.

In junior hockey, Tyler Toffoli, one of the Kings’ top prospects, is helping to keep the Ottawa 67s afloat in their second-round OHL playoff series. Ottawa hosts the Barrie Colts in Game 7 tonight. The 67s were down 3-1 in the series but have won the last two games. Overall in the playoffs, Toffoli has 10 goals and five assists in 12 games. Toffoli, a second-round draft pick of the Kings in 2010, led the OHL in the regular season with 52 goals in 65 games.

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Jake Muzzin

#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


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

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


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

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


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

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


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.