It was a big weekend for Kings prospects Tyler Toffoli and Brian O’Neill.
Toffoli, the Kings’ second-round draft pick in 2010, finished the Ontario Hockey League regular season with a league-high 52 goals and 100 points (second in the league). Toffoli scored a goal Sunday in the Ottawa 67s’ regular-season finale, and they will start the playoffs this week.
O’Neill, signed this week by the Kings as an undrafted free agent, after he finished his career at Yale, played his first professional game on Saturday and scored the game-winning goal for the Manchester Monarchs in the AHL. O’Neill gave the Monarchs a 3-1 lead early in the third period.
The Monarchs, much like the Kings, are in a tight playoff battle. They entered today in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, but only two points ahead of the 11th-place team, but the Monarchs picked up a big 3-0 victory over St. John’s today. Linden Vey leads Manchester with 37 points (17 goals, 20 assists), while Brandon Kozun has a team-high 19 goals and Patrick Mullen has a team-high 25 assists. Goalies Jeff Zatkoff and Martin Jones have split time with very similar numbers. Zatkoff, who got the shutout today, has a 2.55 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage, compared to Jones’ 2.67 and .917.