Loktionov back in Albany

Andrei Loktionov practice Wednesday in New Jersey.

Andrei Loktionov practice Wed. in New Jersey.

ALBANY, NY – One day after the New Jersey Devils recalled Andrei Loktionov, the team returned him on loan to the Albany Devils Thursday. The move comes after New Jersey reacquired left-winger Alexei Ponikarovsky from Winnipeg in exchange for a seventh-round pick in 2013 and a fourth-round pick in 2014.

Loktionov practiced with the NHL Devils Wednesday, getting a taste of organization’s top team. He was just acquired from Los Angeles on Feb. 6 for a fifth-round selection in 2013.

The Russian center appeared in his first AHL Devils game last weekend at Syracuse Saturday. In 134 career AHL games, he has produced 97 points with 29 goals and 68 assists.

“It was good,” Loktionov told thealbanydevils.com after Tuesday’s practice. “We played very good and we won two games — it’s very important to me and for the team. [I’m] trying to understand the system and I think we did a very good job.”

During Saturday’s game at Syracuse, Loktionov centered Harri Pesonen and Scott Parse and on Sunday played with Pesonen and Mike Sislo.

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