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11-04-2013, 06:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Scottkmlps View Post
And if Toffoli had come to camp prepared to battle for a roster spot instead of expect a roster spot, he would've been up with the Kings since game 1. Nobody but Toffoli is to blame for not being on the opening night roster.
For some reason people around here over look this and lay the blame on Lombardi and Sutter for Toffoli starting the season in Manchester instead of laying the blame on the player. I guess that's the easy way around it.
You know, now that you mention it, sometimes I also get the "entitlement vibe" from Toffoli as well. Actually, maybe its not so much an entitlement vibe, more of an "I'm better than you" vibe.. Which is ok, I suppose. Although I can see how it may rub some people the wrong way.

In terms of being a battler, I don't think we should ever expect Toffoli to display a willingness to battle either in front of the net, or in the corners for the puck. That is not his game, and has never been his game, I think. It will be interesting to see what happens with him, however, when teams start to zero in on his offensive zone tendencies. Watching him quite a bit here in Manchester, what he likes to do in the offensive zone becomes quite predictable over time. It will be interesting to see what happens when teams begin to take that away from him, although how difficult that will be is a different question. His shot is lethal, but his skating/work ethic can leave you sometimes wanting more. Will see what happens. The Kings have really liked him from the beginning, however, no disputing that. They gave him a big opportunity from the get-go. I have always viewed him as a player who is like a "specialist." Get him the puck in his spots, and he can make you pay. He has gotten better at creating for others, but that is not his game.

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