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Prospect Update - 1.14.09

by Melody Huskey / Los Angeles Kings
Welcome to the Los Angeles Kings Prospect Update, a weekly feature highlighting a prospect in the Los Angeles Kings system.

The Kings currently own the league rights of 44 players outside of the NHL, including Professional players in Europe, Junior players and players in college. Click here to see the 2008-09 LA Kings Prospect Roster.

 

This week we are highlighting the accomplishments of 18-year old Andrei Loktionov of the OHL Windsor Spitfires.  On Jan. 8, the 5’-11,” 190-pound center tallied a goal in the third period to help the Spitfires triumph 4-1 over the Sarnia Sting.  The next night Loktionov, a Voskresensk, Russia native, tallied a power-play goal and two assists against Sault St. Marie in a rousing 7-1 Spitfire win.  Just two days later on Jan. 11, Loktionov capped off a stellar week by scoring his ninth goal of the season against the Sudbury Wolves.  In 26 games now with Windsor, Loktionov has 27 points (9-18=27), while Windsor currently sits at the top of the Western Conference with 75 points (36-5-1) in 42 games total this season.

“That is great that he had a good week and he is definitely capable of putting up those kind of numbers in Windsor,” said Kings Coordinator of Player Development and Systems Integration Nelson Emerson. “This has been a great year for him so far, because he is coming from Russia with the language barrier, going into the OHL has been a real positive for him and for the Kings.  He is a very, very talented player. He has skills that match up with any NHL player and we are really excited that he has been able to play on such a great team.  Windsor has a great team this year and it great that he is there. His play away from the puck needs to be emphasized more, but the biggest thing for him is adjusting to the North American game.  That will be a real factor for us and that’s why we are really happy that he is in Windsor.”
 
Drafted by the Kings in the fifth round (123rd overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Loktionov is in his first year playing for the OHL.  In 2006-07 as a member of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 2 in the Russia-3 league, Loktionov tallied 28 points (7-21=28) in 31 games, while in 2007-08 the young forward made his debut in the Russian Super League, tallying one point (0-1=1) in five games.  Early in the 2008-09 season with Windsor Loktionov suffered a sprained knee which kept him out of the Team Russia World Junior Classic Selection Camp and ultimately the tournament.  The year before as a member of Team Russia at the 2008 Under-18 World Championships, Loktionov recorded eight points (3-5=8) and 29 penalty minutes in six games, helping Russia win the silver medal.  His eight points ranked second on the club (tied for seventh in the tournament), while his 29 penalty minutes was tied for second on Russia (tied for 10th in the tournament).

“He is just coming back from a knee injury about two weeks ago.  I was actually at the game when he got hurt, he was hit by another player while trying to get a puck out of his own end off the boards.  Another player came and hit him and he went over back on his knee. So we are happy that he is getting going again.

“His ability to make plays and possess the puck is at a really high level and his offensive instincts are what set him apart from others.”

Notable performances were given this week by Los Angeles Kings Bryan Cameron, who tallied five points in three games with the OHL Belleville Bulls, Trevor Lewis, who scored two goals and recorded two assists in three games with the Manchester Monarchs and Brady Murray, who lit the lamp three times in two games with HC Lugano.  Kings goaltending prospect Daniel Taylor will make his debut this week with the Manchester Monarchs as he was called up from Reading (ECHL) on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

Click here for the statistics on all of the Los Angeles Kings 2008-09 Prospects.
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