Like Brayden Schenn, Andrei Loktionov is another prospect whom the Los Angeles Kings have high hopes for. The Russian, though, has spent a little more time getting his feet wet with the big club, albeit not significant more than Schenn. Whichever way you look at it, though, Andrei Loktionov is a key piece to the Kings' future and is expected to crack a full-time spot with the big club very soon.
Drafted 123rd overall in the 2008 NHL Draft, the soon-to-be 21-year-old has already represented the Manchester Monarchs quite well and, in his short time with the Kings this season, has already showed flashes of brilliance. Unfortunately for Loktionov, his season was cut short due to injury and won't be ready to get back on the ice until September when training camp opens.
Although Loktionov began the 2010-11 season in Los Angeles, he was quickly sent down to Manchester where he made the most of things, scoring 31 points in 34 games before returning to the Kings. For the big club this season, Loktionov only played in 19 games but did well, scoring four goals and three assists during that time. His four games for the Kings, in fact, was half the total he scored in Manchester in nearly half the games.
At 5'10, 180 pounds, Andrei Loktionov isn't the most intimidating force out there but his speed and stickhandling make up for his lack of size. Loktionov has also showed a great deal of discipline as he served only one penalty in those 19 games, something the Kings could really use to their benefit.
In 2010-11, Loktionov finished with a 15.4 shooting percentage, a 41.8 faceoffs percentage and averaged 14:45 of ice time per game. He also had a 9/10 giveaway/takeaway ratio plus he recorded 26 shots while finishing with a +2 rating.
Also like Brayden Schenn, Kings fans are very eager to have Andei Loktionov with their team hopefully for years to come. In such a short time with the Kings, the Russian youngster is already showing signs that he will be a mainstay in Southern California, even if he doesn't develop into a star.
I'm personally very excited to see Andrei Loktionov back from injury with the Kings and I wish him all the luck in his return and his future success, assuming he even needs it.