By Paul Armbruster • KingsNewsDaily.com •
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 NJ.com
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…