NHL stint #1 for Andrei Loktionov has come to an end.

Today “Loki” was assigned to the Manchester Monarchs.

The Kings skated in practice with Scott Parse on the first line, a good sign for an imminent return of the projected top 6 winger.

Ponikarovsky is not at practice… but we don’t know why.  My guess is he is not going to Manchester.  I know, a real shot in the dark.

Hard to say if this bodes well or not for Schenn and Clifford.  They are still with the Kings, but Loki’s absence does not mean they are safe from another season in juniors.  The Kings can still recall Loki on a whim, as well as other fringe forwards like Oscar Moller and Richard Clune.  As we saw with Jake Muzzin last week, a call up can happen immediately after a demotion if the situation calls for it.  With Trevor Lewis on the roster, Parse and Doughty set to return sooner than later from IR, the Kings can send both Schenn and Clifford down, recall no one, and still ice a 22-man roster.