btw - i'm as big a bull on loktionov as anyone but other than a good 2 1/2 weeks with kovalchuk, he wasn't exactly a sure thing here. he got demoted and then scratched for a time. i know josefson has gotten hurt and underwhelmed offensively when given a chance but he's proven to be adaptable to playing wing and can go up against tough competition and not get run out of town.
both, i would say, are equal question marks for this year
Loktionov was never demoted, besides initially when the Devils got him. He was scratched late in the season, but I suspect that was to evaluate everyone more than anything else.
Whether the points come is a question but the territorial play was impressive all the way around. It's not like it's stapled to a guy who doesn't produce much, like Zharkov, either - Loktionov has very good numbers in the minor leagues.
I don't think it's a sure thing either but only because GMs have a tendency to treat found money foolishly - assuming there's no steps back, Loktionov should be a 15 minute a game player.
Edited by Triumph, 03 September 2013 - 10:26 PM.