The Los Angeles Kings surprised a few people on Sunday with the demotion of forward Tyler Toffoli, in order to finish up their line-up for Monday's roster deadline and the start of the NHL regular season. Toffoli was being penciled in as a top six forward heading into camp and saw some top six time, due to some key injuries in camp, but the coaching staff and management have decided that heading back to the AHL will be better for him.
Toffoli played in 10 games in the shortened 2013 season, scoring 2 goals and 3 assists, but was getting some rave reviews through scouting staffs and through the Kings own organization. He really didn't seem like he would be too risky of a pick, but of course, there was going to be a little bit of risk, given the limited amount of games he's played in the regular season.
On the plus side, one of the last players to be cut usually means he'll be one of the first to get called-up.
Just because he might be one of the first call-ups, doesn't mean it will make John very happy that one of his sleeper picks is going to start the season in the AHL. John picked Toffoli in the 14th round, 329th overall, his last forward, but the sleeper may have to hit the snooze button a few times before he is effective in the pool.
Minor-league demotions are not eligible for the preseason waiver program.