Jan. 5, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings center Andrei Loktionov (48) takes a slap shot in the third period of the game against the Phoenix Coyotes at the Staples Center. Kings won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

New Jersey Devils Acquire Andrei Loktionov

Yesterday, the New Jersey Devils announced their acquisition of Andrei Loktionov from the Los Angeles Kings. The Devils have traded a fifth round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, which coincidentally will be held at the Prudential Center, to the Kings for Loktionov.

Loktionov, a 22 year old from Voskresensk, Russia, is in his fourth year as a professional and has played only in the Los Angeles Kings organization. In 59 career NHL games, he has scored seven goals and has collected seven assists. This year with the Manchester Monarchs, the Kings’ AHL affiliate, Loktionov has netted seven goals and has dished out fifteen assists in 37 games played.

Loktionov will be assigned to the Devils AHL affiliate, the Albany Devils. But we might see him on the Devils roster in the near future. The Devils have shown that they are willing to give young players an opportunity at the highest level. Mattias Tedenby and Matt Anderson have been given a chance at the NHL level, and Stefan Matteau and Bobby Butler currently are on the Devils roster. Maybe Loktionov will emerge as a player who can contribute on the fourth line in the playoffs. That’s a long way off but Lou’s moves always seem to work out.

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