The Russians are invading LA – are you prepared?

The Kings will have have a new injection of Eastern European blood when they take the ice on Wednesday night against the visiting Anaheim Ducks.

Two of LA’s top prospects were recalled today – forward Andrei Loktionov and defenseman Slava Voynov. Both were born in Russia and drafted by the Kings in the 2008 NHL Draft.

Although they’ve played the last few seasons together in Manchester, New Hampshire for the Kings’ top minor league affiliate, they were born about 1,000 miles apart in their native land. Loktionov hails from Voskresensk, a city not far from Moscow, while Voynov is originally from Chelyabinsk – which is further east on a map.

Voynov held down the fort while Drew Doughty was negotiating a new contract with the Kings during training camp and was the last player cut before opening night rosters were submitted to the NHL.

Then, after Doughty was injured in the fourth game of the season, Voynov was recalled and played the next five games with the team – picking up two goals and an assist. He also scored a goal in his last game with the Monarchs this past Saturday. It was his third goal and fourth point in the AHL this year.

Meanwhile, Loktionov arrives as the Monarchs leading point producer, posting three goals and 11 assists in 17 games played. However, he hadn’t scored in several weeks there. Then again, like LA, Manchester has been struggling to generate offense this season – overall, they’ve give up 45 goals, two more than they they’ve scored against their AHL opponents.

In 20 career NHL games over the last two seasons, Loktionov has seven points (four goals, three assists).  Although he’s a natural center, he played some wing for the team last year – and he wasn’t happy with his performance.  During training camp in September, both he and Murray talked about that experiment here.

Still, given the fact the Kings are down two left wings right now (due to injuries to Dustin Penner and Scott Parse), Loktionov practiced on the left side of Mike Richards and Dustin Brown today.

He’ll most likely start Wednesday’s game in that spot.

Over on defense, the team placed Alec Martinez on the injured reserve list (retroactive to November 12) today, making room for the Voynov recall.

More notes and quotes on both players will be posted in the morning, including live comments from the team’s practice, scheduled for 10:30 am.

In the meantime, be sure to read one of the related articles linked below.

The Mayor
www.twitter.com/MayorNHL
www.facebook.com/MayorsManor 

RELATED ARTICLES:

Recall Voynov shirts now available in the MayorsManor store

Murray convinced about Loktionov, still undecided on Lewis

LA Kings weekly prospect report – November 10, 2011

Top prospects talk disappointment of not playing

Lombardi on Williams, Parse, Loktionov injuries

Lombardi on Moller and Holloway leaving for Europe

Murray on Voynov vs. Hickey

Two minutes in the box… with Andrei Loktionov

Interview with Monarchs ‘Man of the Year’ Bud Holloway

Coach Murray and Voynov compare notes

order here –> MayorsManor Store
View the store to see full line of shirts for men and women, dozen of styles and colors

Recent Articles

2015 NHL Draft - Rounds 2-7

At the NHL Draft Table with Mark Yannetti, Kings Director of Scouting

Coming out of last weekend’s NHL Draft and heading into next week’s Development Camp, we’re turning up the focus on our prospect coverage. For the Kings’ 2015 Draft class, the work is just about to begin, as they will get their first taste of what will be needed to hopefully reach the NHL someday. Behind-the-scenes, […]

TSN Radio

FREE REPLAY: Hoven on TSN Radio – Talking Sekera, Stoll, and Williams

Follow @MayorsManor Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on TSN Radio in Winnipeg with Rick Ralph, where they discussed what the Milan Lucic trade means for the Los Angeles Kings, the team’s interest in signing Andrej Sekera, Jarret Stoll’s status heading into free agency, and more. You can give today’s segment a listen using […]

Kopitar-Anze-hockey-LA-Kings

FREE REPLAY: Hoven on Sportsnet, Talking Kopitar, Lucic, and Jones

Follow @MayorsManor Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on Sportsnet Radio in Calgary with Pat Steinberg and Rob Kerr, where they discussed the latest on a possible contract extension for Anze Kopitar, Boston trading Milan Lucic to Los Angeles, the status of Andrej Sekera, what happened with Martin Jones, and more. You can give […]

Major News Items

Forbort AHL Burger King

LA Kings 2014-15 Midseason Prospect Rankings: The Top 5

Finally, the wait is over. With the Honorable Mentions and Nos. 6-10 prospects previously revealed in other articles, we are now prepared to share the final five players making up the latest edition of our L.A. Kings Top … [Read More...]

More Prospect News