Well, it’s safe to say that Andrei Loktionov is here to stay in New Jersey. The 22 year old Russian scored his fourth goal of the season last night to give the New Jersey Devils a 4-1 lead in the second period. The goal helped pace the Devils to a 5-2 dominant victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Was it the best goal of the season for the Devils? You decide:
In 12 games since being traded from the Los Angeles Kings, Loktionov has scored four goals and has collected three assists. In his NHL career, he now has netted 11 goals and has registered ten assists.
Prior to Loktionov, Mattias Tedenby wore #21 for the Devils. After an impressive 2010-2011 season in which he scored eight goals and collected 14 assists, “someone” decided to buy a Tedenby jersey. Looking back, that was a mistake. Tedenby has only scored one NHL goal in the past two seasons and is currently recovering from a severe facial injury suffered in an AHL game.
As a friend said last night after Loktionov’s toe-drag goal, “You can spend $50 now or let a $200 jersey sit in your closet and collect dust.” I think I’ll wait a few more games, and then march down to the Stadium Shop in Newark’s Gateway Center to get the name plate changed from Tedenby to Loktionov. For now, I’ll stick with a throwback Patrik Elias jersey. After all, Saint Patrick’s Day is Sunday.
One thing’s for certain though. If Mattias Tedenby is back on the Devils this season, his sweater number will not be 21. Loktionov has 21 locked up and is ready to make some more noise as the Devils make their push for the playoffs.