Kevin Westgarth is a well regarded player on the Kings despite not having seen much playing time last year. He is by all accounts an excellent teammate, an articulate player representative for the NHLPA, a respected enforcer and a Princeton grad to boot.
That being said, is he worthy of a roster spot over a more skilled player like Andrei Loktionov?
Loktionov is in many ways the antithesis of Westgarth. Loktionov is a small, skilled Russian forward. He created a small stir when it was reported he requested a trade a few months ago. So far this season, Loktionov has been solid but unspectacular in the AHL (18 points in 26 games).