But the numbers game is dictating that we can't keep them both as centers on the team without getting rid of veterans that Lou and Petey like a great deal. If I had to pick one of the two, I'd pick Loktionov over Josefson because he's got a better scoring touch and is way more creative with the puck in general. My question to you is: why are we so concerned over our center depth? As I see it right now, we've got Zajac signed for 8 years as a center and Henrique locked up for another 6 years who can play center. If we choose the right one of either Loktionov or Josefson as the 3rd center to lock up long term, we'd have 3 centers locked up for the better part of the next decade. We could afford to lose one or the other of them, realistically at this point.
Players get hurt. Having players who can actually play as opposed to the S. Gionta/Barch/Janssen/Sestito/Pelley garbage that the Devils have insisted on leaving around as their 'depth' will go a long way towards making the team better. Stephen Gionta simply cannot play a role more than a 4th line player, and even that is asking a lot. When you have 'veterans you like a lot', you should examine why you like that player and what he brings to the team. With Stephen Gionta, it's simply not enough.