November 26, 2012 11 Comments
LOS ANGELES — A little over two years ago, right wing Tyler Toffoli sat with his family in the stands at Staples Center in Los Angeles, believing that he would be selected in the first round of the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft.
As it turned out, he was passed over by all thirty NHL teams on the first day of the draft, primarily because teams had concerns about his conditioning and his dedication to improving in that area.
“The knock on this kid was that he hadn’t started to take his conditioning as seriously as he could,” Los Angeles Kings Co-Director of Amateur Scouting Michael Futa said at the time.
Toffoli was selected in the second round (47th overall) of the 2010 draft by the Kings, who pushed the 6-0, 178-pound native of Scarborough, Ontario to improve his conditioning, along with the rest of his game. Read more of this post