Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 6:06pm


The New Jersey Devils acquired center Andrei Loktionov from the Los Angeles Kings for a fifth-round draft pick in 2013.

What does it give the New Jersey Devils
In Loktionov, the Devils have added a skilled playmaker who was buried down the depth chart in Los Angeles. Since the Devils don't have a lot of depth at the center position, organizationally speaking, Loktionov should get a much better opportunity to shine once he reaches the Easter Conference squad. For now, he'll move from the AHL's Manchester Monarchs to the Albany Devils.

What does it give the Los Angeles Kings
The Kings' heavy forechecking system wasn't ideal for Loktionov, who is more of a skilled player. After years of knocking on the door, the slick Russian reportedly asked for a trade recently in order to get a fresh start...which is exactly what Los Angeles gave him with this deal. They also get back a fifth rounder in the upcoming draft, which is supposed to be rather deep.

Fantasy impact
Eventually, Loktionov should benefit from this deal from a fantasy standpoint. That said, he will still have {P Travis Zajac} and {P Adam Henrique} (at least) ahead of him on the depth chart in New Jersey, so he may not become a big-time NHL producer. Still, he definitely has greater fantasy sleeper appeal now.

Player focus

New Jersey Devils

Andrei Loktionov C/LW

Los Angeles Kings

a fifth-round draft pick in 2013