Los Angeles Kings forward Tyler Toffoli registered his 30th goal of the season during Monday’s 3-2 loss to Vancouver, becoming the first King’s player to reach the milestone in six seasons.
The 23-year-old now leads the team in goals and is third in scoring behind Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter. Kopitar was the last member of the Kings to score 30-goals in a single campaign, lighting the lamp 34 times during the 2009-10 season.
Selected in the second round (47th overall) at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by Los Angeles, Toffoli has scored a personal best 56 points in 79 games this season, taking his NHL career totals to 66 goals and 138 points in 226 games for the franchise as he has emerged as one of the NHL’s best young wingers.
A member of the 2013 Stanley Cup winning roster, he signed a two-year contract extension with the Kings in the summer, worth a total of $6.5 million. He will become a restricted free agent in July 2017 and is likely to see a significant pay rise if he continues to improve year-on-year as he has thus far.
The Kings trail California rivals Anaheim by one point in the Pacific Division, with three games remaining on their regular season schedule to the Ducks four.
Darryl Sutter’s side travels to Calgary tonight (Tuesday) to take on the Flames in the second game of this two-game road trip, before a pivotal class with the Ducks in Los Angeles on Thursday.
The Kings then finish the regular season on home on ice on Saturday, when the Winnipeg Jets visit the Staples Center.