Mar 7, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Andrei Loktionov (8) carries the puck against the New York Rangers at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Andrei Loktionov: Carolina Hurricanes Season Recap

Over the next few weeks, Cardiac Cane will take a look at every player on the Carolina Hurricanes and see how they played in the 2013-2014 season.

2013-2014 Regular Season Stats: 68 games, 7 goals, 15 assists, 22 points, -2

2013-2014 Carolina Hurricanes Stats: 20 games, 3 goals, 7 assists, 10 points, -4

When Andrei Loktionov was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes from the New Jersey Devils for Tuomo Ruutu on March 5, 2014, it looked like the New Jersey Devils got the better end of the deal, especially after it was released that the Carolina Hurricanes were retaining just under $1 million per year for the remainder of Tuomo Ruutu’s contract which expires in 2016.

20 games later, it appeared that the Carolina Hurricanes got a very solid middle of the lineup player that could chip in with the scoring. After tallying 10 points in 20 games with the Canes and spending time in top-six, Andrei Loktionov showed that he holds a good bit of value.

The 23-year-old Russian forward was a very good power play forward for the Carolina Hurricanes in his 20 games with the team. He provided a good option along the half-wall, which is something the Carolina Hurricanes did not have prior to his arrival.

Unfortunately, bad news came in on Friday that the Russian forward suffered a serious shoulder injury in his first shift of the IIHF World Championships in Belarus. The affliction is an aggravation of a previous injury.

Andrei Loktionov’s future looks very uncertain. Everyone around the Russian team, including the coaching staff, has said that it is a very serious injury. The question will be if it would affect whether the Carolina Hurricanes will re-sign him this offseason. He is a restricted free agent.

If Andrei Loktionov is healthy enough to play at a high level next season, the Carolina Hurricanes should bring him back without much hesitation.

End of Year Grade: B

 

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