After trying to make a name for himself in a Kings organization stuffed with forwards, Andrei Loktionov was dealt to New Jersey where his presence will be a welcomed addition. His stay on the Devils farm was short lived, due to a Dainius Zubrus injury, he's set to make his New Jersey Devil debut. Don’t expect a lot of minutes right off the bat, but there is plenty of opportunity for him to climb the depth chart if he plays well.
I previously mentioned him as one of the next players up, and with Ryan Malone heading to the IR, the roster spot for the talented Slovakian sniper became available. He made his debut yesterday, and logged ten minutes on a utility line with Benoit Pouliot and Tom Pyatt. That’s not where he’s likely to be most productive fantasy wise. There is no doubt that Panik has showed a knack for scoring, watch for him in the next few weeks if he can get his offence going.
Alex Killorn, Tampa Bay Lightning
Another Tampa player, Alex Killorn, a Harvard grad has earned himself a spot on Tampa’s roster, the versatile forward can play on pretty much any line, and has already seen some action as a top six forward in only his first two NHL games. A player like Killorn may be a better option than Richard Panik as of right now. Tampa has shown a willingness to give youngsters the trust and responsibility early on in their careers (ex. Cory Conacher).
It’s not the way you want to earn a job, but with Josh Harding’s ongoing health issues, it allowed Darcy Kuemper, who jumped over Matt Hackett, in the depth chart to get the call-up. He made the organization proud by stepping up, performing admirably in the loss against Vancouver last night. He’s put up excellent numbers on the farm and creates a log jam in the future in net for the Wild.
Next ones up...
Jason Zucker, Minnesota Wild
Seems like every week I’m discussing another Minnesota Wild prospect, this week it’s Jason Zucker, and with the Wild in somewhat of a ‘state of crisis’, Zucker could get a call-up sooner than later. Zucker leads the Houston Aeros by a wide margin in scoring, the American is one of the most highly anticipated prospects to come along in the organization, and is on the fast track to the NHL because he can play in pretty much any role given to him. It’s only a matter of time.
For a Kings team looking for offence, they could find some in their own backyard. Linden Vey leads the Monarchs in scoring and has been able to translate his scoring ways from the WHL to the AHL quite easily. Also known for his gritty and hard working ways, it’s a great combination to earn a call-up.
Speaking of looking for offence, the Predators are averaging a measly, 1.77 goals per game, least in the NHL. He leads the Admirals in scoring, but not the best skater, however the power forward uses his size effectively. If the Predators are looking for help from within, Taylor Beck is their best option.