Pretty soon Devils sign him to a 10 year 100 Million dollar contract and then announce that they are about to go banckcupt and have to reorganize again!!!!!!
Great. Now we need a new enigmatic Russian.
at the draft party a couple of years ago, and under a considerable haze, i heard Birdman yell out the following (about 4 or 5 times, i think) - "don't marry yourselves to players!" he went on to reiterate that idea more than once on the boards, and i believe it to be absolutely sage.
They could have thrown in Moller and gotten a 4th?
Richardson, though stone-handed, brings speed, physicality and energy to whatever line he is on, 1-4. He can play either wing and center as well.
Loktionov failed on the wing, so appears to be locked in as a center. He's far to small and lacking the physicality to be a third or fourth line center, meaning he likely needs to be centering your 1st or 2nd line. And even if his offensive touch develops, do you really want him going up against the big physical dominant centermen in the league every night, especially in the playoffs? The Kings are set for the foreseeable future with at 1-2 with 1. Kopitar 2. Richards 2b. Carter, so he was NEVER going to crack our lineup as a center.
Ideally, he would have been willing to stay in the AHL to work on his game on the wing for the next few years, because that is likely his best shot to crack the NHL someday. He isn't an NHL top-line center yet, and he isn't an NHL winger either; and if he already feels entitled to an NHL roster spot, he may never put in the work to develop into one.
I wish him the best and have no ill will towards him. But as talented as he is, there is a reason that he fell to the fifth round, and a reason he was only worth a fifth round pick.
Personally, I think Richardson is a PERFECT healthy scratch/occasional fill-in guy. I'm sure he'll be replaced from within sooner rather than later, but I wouldn't mind if he were a King for a long time.
Loktionov would be substantially more useful in a video game than Westy, but in real life, jury is indeed still out.