Photo: Fans of the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs hope to see more goal-scoring feats from Los Angeles Kings prospect Tyler Toffoli in the 2013-14 season (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)
In 2010, the year he was drafted 47th overall by the Los Angeles Kings, Tyler Toffoli scored 79 points. Over the next two seasons Toffoli would go on to earn 208 more points in the Ontario Hockey League, including 108 points in a 50-50 season in 2010-11. A bright future was set for Toffoli as he graduated from juniors in 2012, with his sights on the NHL.
Photo: London Knights forward and Vancouver Canucks prospect Bo Horvat will attempt to lead the Knights to a Memorial Cup after a near miss in 2013 that included Horvat’s winning of the Wayne Gretzky Award as the MVP of the OHL playoffs (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The scene: The Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The players: a 27-year-old ‘franchise’ goaltender and an 18-year-old London, ON-born forward who was coming off of an OHL playoff coming-out party and second-straight Memorial Cup appearance. And while the names Cory Schneider and Bo Horvat will long be linked together thanks to a Draft Day trade, the ninth-overall selection of the 2013 NHL Draft knows this will not be the climax of his story.
Photo: Pllymouth Whalers goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic is a top prospect in net for the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
After bursting onto the Ontario Hockey League scene in a big way last year, all eyes are on the Plymouth Whalers’ netminder Alex Nedeljkovic this season as one of the most promising goaltenders for the 2014 NHL Draft.
Photo: Saginaw Spirit defenseman and 2014 NHL Draft prospect Brandon Prophet was a top rookie in the OHL’s 2012-13 season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
It would be simple to take the easy way out and make a play on words using Brandon Prophet’s name, but the fact is that the Saginaw Spirit defender's arrival on Central Scouting’s watch list is less about Divine Providence and more about plain old hard work.
Photo: London Knights forward and Montreal Canadiens prospect Mike McCarron spent two years in the U.S. NTDP before choosing to play in the OHL (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
With the 25th pick in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft, the Montreal Canadiens hope they’ve found a big piece of their future. But in the meantime, said big piece will play a big role in the Memorial Cup aspirations of the tournament host London Knights.