NEWS: Devils Acquire Loktionov From Kings

This just in via the wonderful world of Twitter:

Here’s a scouting report from Hockey’s Future on Loktionov:

Loktionov is a solid two-way player who can fulfill various roles on the team ranging from a defensive expert on shorthanded units to a playmaker on a power-play unit.  He sees the ice well and effectively uses his linemates, creating a number of scoring chances.  A couple of more significant improvement areas for Loktionov include his faceoff skills and his scoring ability.  Specifically in regards to his scoring ability, while always a danger in the offensive zone, Loktionov prefers to pass rather than shoot and in a shot-filled North American style of hockey a more multi-dimensional game would make him more dangerous and hard to contain.

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We’ve talked about the team needing to increase its forward depth and this trade does exactly that, despite Loktionov being sent to Albany for the time being. While he might not be the top-six forward many had hoped the Devils would add, this seems more in line with how Lou Lamoriello has gone about his business this season. Also, the addition of Loktionov gives the Devils someone to legitimately push Jacob Josefson with from inside the organization. Prior to this trade, Josefson’s roster spot was about as secure as he could expect, given the lack of options to replace him. However, Josefson continues to skate primarily on the fourth line despite being given multiple chances on the top units. I wouldn’t be surprised if Loktionov gets the call to the Devils once they decide to send Stefan Matteau back to junior. The fifth-round pick isn’t anything of note, so all in all a very solid trade for the Devils.