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Surrounded by champions, rookie Toffoli pines for Cup

Jun 11, 2014, 5:02 PM EDT

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Given that Los Angeles won the Stanley Cup in 2012, most of the current Kings can lean on their past experiences to stay level-headed just one win away from another championship.

Rookie Tyler Toffoli doesn’t have that luxury. This is all new to the 22-year-old forward and while that hasn’t stopped him from contributing throughout the postseason, he can’t help but be giddy this close to fulfilling his dreams.

“I fell asleep at 9 [on Tuesday night], woke up at 12 and then didn’t fall back asleep ’til about 3,” Toffoli said, per “I was excited. There was a lot of thoughts going through my mind. But today, it’s all business. You’ve got to be focused and ready for the big task at hand.”

Toffoli admitted that he’s leaning on those that have been in this situation before to help him keep his nerves in check. It should help that when he steps onto the ice tonight, it will often be with 29-year-old Jeff Carter.

Toffoli probably won’t need to be the hero for the Kings tonight, but he’s already done more than they likely hoped for going into the playoffs. If he raises the Cup, it will be because he earned the right.

  1. terrier92 - Jun 11, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    22 with a great chance to win a cup. Boy I wouldn’t be able to sleep either. Good luck kid

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  3. djshnooks - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    This is why I’m happy with the moves Tim Murray is making…and I’m extremely high in Nic Deslauriers and Hudson Fasching, both big kids who love to throw their weight around on the ice, and have a lot of skill.

    The Kings seem to know exactly how to develop players…and Murray is known for “his eye for finding talent.” He also preaches size and toughness as what he wants to build his team around…sounds/looks familiar when watching the Kings.

    All he needs is a great American goalie to fill Miller’s shoes as resemble Quick…and look who is coming out this draft…Thatcher Demko! (Lots of comparisons to Quick.)

    And here everyone thought and wanted Tim Murray to go “the Pittsburgh Penguins route!?!” Yuck, no thank you…stick with the Los Angeles Kings “blueprint,” GMTM!

    Not to mention…does anyone else see Jordan Nolan getting sent to Buffalo at some point or another in the future? I’m pretty sure he was born there, he was roommates with Deslauriers in Manchester, and he’s the kind of guy Buffalo wants. It just seems to make too much sense…since he’s ready to make the jump to the NHL.

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