Slava Voynov – the newest LA Kings forward?


Among the many storylines in the Kings-Sharks second round match-up this year has been the effectiveness of Brent Burns. A few summers ago San Jose paid a hefty price to acquire him from the Minnesota Wild. Normally a defenseman, Burns was moved to right wing in March and few would argue it’s paid dividends for coach Todd McLellan.

Given the Kings struggles on offense at times, coupled with Slava Voynov‘s love for shooting the puck, would he welcome a similar move in Los Angeles?

“No. It’s not for me,” said the 23-year old Russian native, following practice today. “I like doing my job, playing defense. It helps the forwards. But, I don’t want to play right wing or left wing, it’s not for me.”

He went on to say that it’s not even something he’s ever tried – despite the urging of his father.

“Before I went to hockey school, my father, he wanted me to be a forward. But when I started playing for my former team, I don’t know why, but I was always a defenseman.”

Not just any defenseman though, one with an offensive touch.

Over the past two seasons Voynov has scored five playoff goals, include three game-winners so far this year.

“Right now I play defense and I want to score goals, make passes, get points, everything.”

Maybe some of those offensive instincts can also be credited to one of his early role models though.

As a young boy, Voynov says he looked up to Sergei Zubov.

“My father showed me videos of him all the time – how he played defense, how he played offense, the blue line, how he passed, everything.”

Perhaps papa Voynov was on to something too.  Zubov won two Stanley Cups and posted 117 points in 164 NHL playoff games.

RELATED CONTENT:

Darryl Sutter comments from Saturday’s LA Kings practice

LA Kings Saturday practice – Dustin Brown interview

LA Kings Saturday practice – Jonathan Quick interview

Note to webmasters/reporters: When recapping news or interviews from this site please include a link to www.MayorsManor.com

Recent Articles

Robitaille Luc LA Kings NHL

TBT: Luc’s First Hat Trick, Kings Memories at Nassau Coliseum

Tonight’s game will mark the Kings final visit to Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the stadium where the Islanders have played their home games for the last 43 years.  It’s also a perfect opportunity for the subject of this week’s Throw Back Thursday article. Not only is it a building very reminiscent of the Kings former […]

Richards Mike LA Kings NY Rangers

Mayor’s Minutes on NHL Radio: Richards, Kings, Ducks Problems

Follow @mayorNHL Enjoy a free replay of this week’s Mayor’s Minutes on NHL Network Radio. John Hoven joined host Jim ‘Boomer’ Gordon to touch on all the latest happenings in the Western Conference. Among the highlights were observations on Mike Richards’ return to the NHL, Jarret Stoll’s progress, a surging Anze Kopitar, what might be […]

Amadio

LA Kings Prospect Tracker, Plus Playoff Matchups Set

All Canadian major junior leagues have now completed their regular seasons and playoff matchups have been set. Every Kings prospect playing in the OHL and QMJHL qualified for post-season action, with two of them even set to square off in the opening round as Spencer Watson (Kingston) will face Mike Amadio (North Bay). The Kings […]

Major News Items

Kings Top 10 Prospects MayorsManor

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

Comments

  1. He’s got a hell of a shot, that’s for sure. I like seeing him with Scuds and he seems to be good at his job, though, so maybe he should stay as a dman

  2. Sergei Zubov was awesome. It’d be nice to see Voynov fill those skates some day.

Trackbacks

  1. […] Slava Voynov – the newest LA Kings forward? […]

  2. […] Slava Voynov – the newest LA Kings forward? […]

  3. […] Slava Voynov – the newest LA Kings forward? […]