After being drafted 123rd overall by the Los Angeles Kings in 2008, Andrei Loktionov went to play a year of junior hockey with the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires where he registered 66 points in 51 regular season games en route to helping his team win the Memorial Cup, junior hockey’s answer to the Stanley Cup. Since then, his professional career has alternated between Manchester and Los Angeles.
After scoring four goals and three assists in 19 games for the Kings in 2010-11, Loktionov played 39 games for Los Angeles this past season where he scored four times and added three assists to along with a -4 rating. During his time this season, the young Russian has recorded 63 shots, logged an average of 12:31 of ice time and had a forgettable faceoff percentage of 43.
While Loktionov did play in two of Los Angeles’ playoff games, he was non-existent. He didn’t record a single point and averaged just 4:08 of ice time over those couple of games.
It’s disappointing to think about Andrei Loktionov’s tenure with the Kings thus far. Whether he just hasn’t clicked with the right guys or whatever, there was much more to be expected from #48. As far as I know, Loktionov could enter the 2012-13 season with a new lease on life, so to speak, and he could find his groove, earning a spot on Los Angeles’ full-time roster but only time will tell whether that actually happens.
Andrei Loktionov is certainly a player better than someone drafted in the fifth round. We can only hope with his plethora of speed and his abundance of talent, the one they call Lokti will find his way in Los Angeles.