Two weeks into the 2013 Lou Lamoriello sent a 5th round draft pick to the L.A. Kings in exchange for Andrei Loktionov, a 22-year-old center with a cup of coffee worth of experience. Loktionov didn’t seem to have a role in L.A. A little over a month later, he is a first line center.
Off the scrap heap and into the big time, Loktionov has fit well into the Devils’ system and is coming into his own playing next to fellow Russian Ilya Kovalchuk. He has 7 points is 12 games and is centering the only stable line in New Jersey right now. Pete DeBoer continues to mix and match with the other lines until he finds what he is looking for.
Kudos to Lou Lamoriello and the scouting department. This guy was virtually a non impact player in L.A.
He scored a beee-ute against the Flyers the other night.