Devils Acquire Andrei Loktionov from Kings

Earlier this evening, the NHL had it’s first trade of the shortened 2013 season involving a Russian player. 22-year-old Andrei Loktionov who has spent his entire career with the LA Kings was dealt to New Jersey for a 5th round pick in this years draft. Loktionov spent most of his time with the Manchester Monarchs in the AHL where he scored 29 goals in 132 games. The Voskresensk native was assigned the Devils farm team in Albany, NY and could be available for Saturday’s game against Syracuse.
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Russia Name Squad for Euro Hockey Tour

Russia has named their squad for their upcoming tour in Europe ahead of the 2011 World Championships. The games will be played in Sweden and the Czech Republic. Evgeni Nabokov returns to the team after missing most of the latter half of the NHL’s regular season with contract disputes while young guns Vladimir Tarasenko and Artemi Panarin, who helped the junior squad capture gold earlier this year, also get to vie for a spot for the Championships in Slovakia.

New Jersey’s Vladimir Zharkov is a surprise call-up having scored just 2 NHL goals while last playing for Russia in 2006.

The team goes as follows:

Vasily Koshechkin (HC Severstal)
Konstantin Barulin (Atlant)
Evgeni Nabokov (New York Islanders)

Vitaly Atyushov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk)
Yakov Rylov (CSKA Moscow)
Evgeny Biryukov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk)
Konstantin Korneyev (AK Bars)
Alexei Yemelin (AK Bars)
Ilya Nikulin (AK Bars)
Denis Grebeshkov (SKA St.Petersburg)
Nikolai Belov (HC Neftekhimik)

Alexei Morozov (AK Bars)
Danis Zaripov (AK Bars)
Denis Parshin (CSKA Moscow)
Konstantin Gorovikov (UHC Dynamo)
Vadim Schipachev (HC Severstal)
Evgeny Artyukhin (SKA St.Petersburg)
Artemi Panarin (Vityaz Chekhov)
Maxim Afinogenov (SKA St.Petersburg
Evgeny Dadonov (Florida Panthers)
Vladimir Tarasenko (HC Sibir)
Alexei Kaigorodov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk)
Alexei Tereshchenko (Ak Bars)
Aleksandr Burmistrov (Atlanta Thrashers)
Vladimir Zharkov (New Jersey Devils)

Zharkov’s First Shows Hope Is Not Lost For Surging Devils

With not much to hang their hats on this season, the New Jersey Devils need to look to the future to get back to their winning ways. Coming into the season, the team was looking like a Stanley Cup contender with veteran goalie, Martin Brodeur, between the pipes, a newly signed scoring winger in Ilya Kovalchuk, and an already established “face of the franchise” in Zach Parise.  

However, in the first 4 months of the season, the team has not met any of the expectations that were placed on them. Parise went down early with an injury, Brodeur was not playing like his normal “1990’s”-self, and Kovalchuk, a six time 40 goal scorer has a measly 12 goals and 25 points.
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Russian Rookies Set for NHL Pre-Season Debuts in Philadelphia

The NHL pre-season gets underway tonight with nine games on tap around the league. One that we are keeping our eyes on tonight is the New Jersey Devils vs. Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center which will feature the debuts of Devils winger’ Alexander Vasyunov and Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. Vasyunov was selected to travel with the Devils for their first game after netting the over-time winner in yesterday’s scrimmage.

The 22-year-old Yaroslav native who spent last season with the Lowell Devils where he scored 15 goals and added 13 assists knows head coach John MacLean sees potential in his game as MacLean coached the farm club before being promoted this summer to the NHL. Vasyunov admitted he was nervous in his first appearance with the team that drafted him in 2006, telling beat reporters “before the game, maybe 30 minutes. Especially then I will be nervous.” Vasyunov has twice represented Russia in the World U18 Championship and the World U20 Championship in 2006 and 2007 respectively.
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Vladimir Zharkov Makes NHL Debut with Devils

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On Saturday afternoon the New Jersey Devils defeated the New York Islanders with a score of 6-1 at Prudential Center. Making his NHL debut for the Devils was 6’1 winger Vladimir Zharkov. Already nicknamed Sharky the 21-year-old Elektrostal native registered five shots on goal in 14 minutes of ice-time.

Zharkov was called up from the AHL due to the team’s loss of David Clarkson who broke his right leg a few days ago. Zharkov impressed teammates and head coach Jacques Lemaire who expects the Russian to “be a player” and this could be a sign of things to come for the Devils newest call-up.