The New Jersey Devils just made their first trade of the 2013 season and it's with the Los Angeles Kings. As Tom Gulitti reported at Fire & Ice earlier this afternoon, the Devils got former 2008 fifth round draft pick Andrei Loktionov in exchange for a 2013 fifth round draft pick. It's not exactly what you would call a blockbuster move. Gulitti also reported that Loktionov has already been assigned to Albany.
What makes the pick up of the 22-year old, 5'10", 179 pound center interesting is that he's had some experience in the NHL. Based on his player page at NHL.com, Loktionov's played 19 games with the Kings in 2010-11 and 39 in 2011-12 with two playoff games in addition to putting up good production in the AHL. He's only received limited minutes in both stints with Los Angeles and he's only put up seven points each time. His advanced stats at Behind the Net aren't bad, though that high on-ice Corsi rate in 2011-12 was only 17th on the team. Loktionov's shooting percentage dropped like an anvil out of the sky in 2011-12 with both Los Angeles and Machester. It's not that he would've been a super-productive player, but it may have hurt his cause in Los Angeles. He's shooting better than 5.7% so far with Manchester this season, though he's only fifth on the team in scoring with seven goals and fifteen assists in 37 games.
Devils Get Andrei Loktionov from Los Angeles for a Fifth Round Pick
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