WATCH: Loktionov scores first goal with New Jersey

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Loktionov embraces current teammate Alexei Ponikarovsky after the Kings defeated the Devils in Game 6 Photo: bridgetds

By Paul Armbruster • •

Thomas Hickey wasn’t the only former Kings prospect with a huge game last night. Andrei Loktionov, who was unceremoniously dumped in Jersey for a 5th round draft pick, picked up his first goal with the Devils, the Kings Cup opponent. In just two games with the club, Lokti has 2 penalty minutes, 4 shots and a goal.

Here’s what he had to say after the game from

But it was 22-year-old Russian Andrei Loktionov who arguably had the best night of all. Loktionov, acquired in a Feb. 6 trade with the Los Angeles Kings for two draft picks (sic), scored his first goal for the Devils and sparked their comeback as they avoided falling into a three-game losing streak.

“I scored a goal I think will help me play better and better and feel more comfortable,” said Loktionov, playing in his second game for the Devils. “I’m so glad to score a goal. It was a very important goal, too.”

Here’s what Devils coach DeBoer had to say from CBS New York

The Devils have a knack of plugging in players to fill a role better than the Rangers or the high-powered Pittsburgh Penguins. Just look at Lamoriello’s deft trade with the Los Angeles Kings to pry high-ceiling playmaking forward Andrei Loktionov from the Kings for a fifth round draft pick. Loktionov went on to score the tying goal against the Capitals on Thursday and has the ability to play on a top line should he be required.

“He made some good plays. He gave us a real good contribution tonight. I didn’t know a lot about him,” Devils head coach Peter DeBoer admitted on Thursday.

And here’s the goal…

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  • Hockeyjockey

    So Glad to See this!!! I wish Nothing but the best for him.. I was wondering when Poni was traded from Winnipeg and I did not see Lokti’s name on the Roster last Friday? night where he was since they said he had been called up.. tried to read the recap but it did not list the scratches.. It just wears me out trying to keep up with our exes.. but loyalty is loyalty.. so I was never able to get anything official on our other old enforcer.. Ivanans.. did he retire.. that concussion .. did he ever come back.. they had him listed in the AHL.. the Flames affiliate.. but just do not know..
    thank you …

    • Kingsfanone

      Ivanans plays for Dinamo Riga of the KHL at last check. It’s simple. Just Google his name. You’d be surprised how easily information is readily available.


  • Hockeyjockey

    My google must be off 😉
    I actually had not looked in a few maybe it was was pre season.
    Thank you.
    GO KINGS GO!!!