Former junior roommate proud of Monahan’s play during rookie season with Flames
Los Angeles Kings youngster Tyler Toffoli is also loving the @boringmonahan Twitter account
Los Angeles centre Tyler Toffoli gets a kick out of @boringmonahan, the Twitter account that pokes fun of Calgary Flames rookie Sean Monahan’s sometimes bland public persona.
“Whoever’s doing that, it makes sense,” chuckled Toffoli, Monahan’s road roommate during their days together with the OHL Ottawa 67’s. “When you get to know him, you realize the type of guy he is. He’s really funny.”
What’s his sense of humour like?
“Pretty dry as you can probably tell.”
Toffoli is also well-acquainted with Monahan the centreman.
“He’s playing incredible,” said Toffoli, 21 “The role he plays on their team — he’s obviously one of their better players already and it’s his first season. That speaks volumes about how good of a hockey player (he is) and how smart he is as a hockey player.”
Now the youngster, at 19, is poised to become the Flames’ first freshman since Jarome Iginla and Dion Phaneuf to score 20 times in a season.
“It’s weird,” said Toffoli. “When we played junior together, he passed a lot . . . but he just gets a lot of offensive chances. That’s just the type of player that he is — he can shoot, he can pass. That’s why he does so well. He can do anything with the puck.
“As soon as (the 67’s) drafted him, we didn’t know what to expect. Then, halfway through the year, he came out of nowhere and had a good second half. We had a lot of fun together.”
Drafted 47th overall in 2010, Toffoli is also enjoying a fine season himself — 23 points in 45 games, prior to Monday, and a plus-19 rating. Monahan, meanwhile, is second to only Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon in the rookie-goal department.
“He’s obviously coming along nicely,” Toffoli said. “I’m proud of him. I’m sure it’s been an incredible ride for him so far. It’s a whole new experience, a new lifestyle, and he’s doing really well with it.”
VETS CLOSE TO A RETURN
Flames wingers Curtis Glencross (ankle) and Kevin Westgarth (concussion) skated with the team Monday morning.
Glencross, who hasn’t played since Dec. 21, has finally shucked the no-hit yellow jersey in favour of a regular practice smock.
“He’s pretty close,” said coach Bob Hartley. “I would say that he should be playing this week — Wednesday or Friday or Saturday. I can’t tell you (exactly when) right now, but he’s getting real close.”
Westgarth, knocked out in a fight more than a week ago in Edmonton, was also practising in a regular jersey.
“He feels good,” said Hartley. “He’s cleared to play. The fact that he didn’t play for a week, we felt it was just unfair to throw him in the lineup. Most likely, Wednesday (against Anaheim) he’ll be in the lineup.”
C-NOTES: The Abbotsford Heat’s roster is so depleted — by call-ups, by injuries — that all nine of its defencemen dressed, with three operating as forwards, in Sunday’s 4-1 loss to Chicago. The Heat, which has dropped eight straight dates, plays Friday against the visiting Utica Comets . . . Former Flames prospect G Laurent Brossoit, now with the Bakersfield Condors, leads the ECHL with seven shutouts and a 1.92 GAA.
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