Earlier today, the New Jersey Devils traded 2013 Fifth Round Pick to the Los Angeles Kings, in exchange for prospect center Andrei Loktinov. He will be assigned to Albany of the American Hockey League.
Back on January 30th, the 22-year old Russian asked for a trade from the Kings management. The signing of Jarret Stoll to a multi-year extension, along with depth up top with Anze Kopitar and Mike Richards for the next few years, made it difficult for the centerman to earn playing time with the organization.
The former King has totaled seven goals and seven assists for 14 points and four penalty minutes in 59 NHL games played.
Loktionov was drafted in 2008 in the fifth round by LA. In 2009, his junior team, the Windsor Spitfires, won the Memorial Cup Championship. He teammates included Taylor Hall and Devils center Adam Henrique. He recorded 33 points in 20 playoff games, second only to Hall in scoring.
On November 25th, 2009, he made his NHL debut against Hall’s team, the Edmonton Oilers. That would be his only game as he dislocated his shoulder, sidelining him for the rest of the season. He suffered another shoulder injury the following season while he bounced between the Kings and Monarchs. The center played in 39 games in’11-’12 with the Kings, but only managed 3 goals with 4 assists. LA tried to experiment with him on the wing but he never felt comfortable.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound native of Voskresensk, Russia had 7 goals and 15 assists in 37 games with the Monarch this season.
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