If Loki plays with another skill player it changes his potential immediately, if we're pulling a Josefson and stick him on the 4th line our results our results aren't going to be pretty.
He needs to play with Patty, Kovy, etc.
I know it's early and we sometimes get carried away when we acquire someone, but if he gets called up, I'd want the Devils to stick him in between Elias and Clarkson, move Henrique to LW, and Zubrus to the third line. Gives him the best chance to succeed.
Hmm. Loktionov wanting out or not, getting him for a 5th is really surprising to me. The Kings must've wanted to move him where he would have a chance to show what he could do, similar to how the Devils moved certain players so they could play a role elsewhere.
Definite upgrade at a low cost, great trade.
He played some wing for the Kings but he was invisible. He plays well at center.
He is an under-sized play-making center. Great vision, passing ability, and can hang onto the puck and make things happen. Not good on face-offs or in a 4th line role. His skill doesn't come out unless he is playing with other skilled players. He is decent in his own end but his size is a liability along the boards.
He is very good on the power play. He needs to get better 5 on 5 to stick in the NHL. He could center a 3rd line regularly if he has wingers that can put the puck in the net.
Honestly in the NHL it seems like the 4th line in the playoffs should be WAY different then that of the regular season. In the regular season you have nights where you need it to be flexible. Maybe a fighter or a checker. In the playoffs too much skill is not a bad thing