Dominic Toninato

Colorado Avalanche
image courtesy of MileHighHockey

Fantasy Summary

Defensive bottom-six centerman


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 3.5
NHL Certainty 4.0
Country USA
Position C
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth March 9, 1994
Height 6‘2”
Weight 194 lbs
Drafted 2012 Round 5; Overall: 126

Observations

February 2019 – Naturally, Toninato was recalled to the Avs as an injury sub days after my previous update. He has scored his first ever NHL goal, but will still be one of the first players returned to the AHL once the team gets healthy. Hayden Soboleski

 

February 2019 – Unlike 2017-18 where injuries forced him into an NHL role too soon, Toninato has spent all of 2018-19 in the AHL. He is matching last year’s offensive totals, but unfortunately his SOG rate is down and the team now has other bottom-six options. The 24-year-old’s contract expires after this season, but he has played well enough to warrant another AHL deal. Hayden Soboleski

 

February 2018 – Toninato has arrived in pro hockey as advertised. The defense-first pivot tallied 12 points in 31 AHL games but has spent more time than expected in the NHL as injuries continually spring up. His single point in 15 NHL games played is certainly discouraging, but he’s also seeing under 10 minutes TOI per game so this isn’t representative of his future role with the club. Hayden Soboleski

 

Septemebr 2017 – Toninato has been assigned to the AHL to start the 2017-18 season. He showed good signs in camp of becoming a future bottom-six centerman, but right now there’s too many candidates ahead of him on the depth chart. A successful first year in pro will go a long way if he can manage it. Hayden Soboleski August 2017 – After not being signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs who drafted him, Toninato has signed an ELC with the Colorado Avalanche. Toninato was recently named the Top Defensive Forward in the NCHC (the highest-regarded NCAA division), but his talents are not one-dimensional. He has scored in the double-digits in goals in his last three NCAA seasons, all while embracing bigger minutes, reducing his PIM count, and adding bulk every off-season. By all accounts, this looks like a great signing by the Avs, who are starting to shore-up their empty AHL roster. He will likely spend at least a year in the AHL (expect his real shot to come in 2018 or 2019) but his defensive acumen will make him a prime candidate to fight for a bottom-six center-ice role every year out of camp.


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2009-2010 Duluth East High USHS-MN 25 4 7 11 6 | Playoffs 3 3 2 5
  Duluth East High MN State 3 1 2 3 6 |          
 2010-2011 Team North UMHSEHL 21 8 7 15 8 | Playoffs 3 3 1 4
  Duluth East High MN State 3 1 3 4 0 |          
  B16 - White (Final 54) MNHP-16 3 0 1 1 - |          
  Duluth East High USHS-MN 23 24 27 51 12 | Playoffs 3 3 3 6
 2011-2012 Team North UMHSEHL 21 9 14 23 28 | Playoffs 3 1 1 2
  Duluth East High MN State 3 3 3 6 0 |          
  Duluth East High USHS-MN 25 27 34 61 28 | Playoffs 3 3 3 6
  Fargo Force USHL 4 1 0 1 2 |          
 2012-2013 Fargo Force USHL 64 29 41 70 50 | Playoffs 13 3 3 6
 2013-2014 Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth NCAA 35 7 8 15 51 |          
 2014-2015 Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth NCAA 34 16 10 26 58 |          
 2015-2016 Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth NCAA 40 15 6 21 36 |          
 2016-2017 Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth NCAA 42 16 13 29 30 |          
 2017-2018 Colorado Avalanche NHL 37 0 2 2 12 |          
  San Antonio Rampage AHL 31 7 5 12 24 |          
 2018-2019 Colorado Avalanche NHL 2 1 0 1 0 |          
  Colorado Eagles AHL 57 14 15 29 43 | Playoffs 3 0 2 2

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