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

Quick Kings NHL

Puck Probability: Odds for Blackhawks at Kings, November 29

When the 2014-15 NHL schedule was released, this was one of the games fans and players instantly circled. We can’t promise their first game since overtime in Game 7 of last year’s Western Conference Final will live up to the excitement from that entire series, but we can all certainly hope. Exactly what will go [...]

Kane Blackhawks NHL

Things You May Not Know: Kings-Blackhawks Edition

Those Kings are rolling now. Coming off their second road win of the season, followed by a few days off for Thanksgiving, Darryl Sutter will look to have his guys ready for a much-anticipated faceoff with the Chicago Blackhawks. We’ll assume you already know this is the first time the two clubs will be meeting [...]

Parise Wild NHL

Puck Probability: Odds for Kings at Wild, November 26

Los Angeles and Minnesota have split the last six games played, with each side winning three. All but the first game in that set have been decided by just one goal. Further, there has been at least one shootout between the teams in each of the last four seasons. To keep that streak alive, they’ll [...]

Major News Items

Zykov NHL LA Kings

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

With the Honorable Mentions and Nos. 6-10 prospects previously revealed in other articles, we’re now prepared to share the final five players making up the latest edition of our L.A. Kings Top 10 Prospect Rankings. The … [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? [...]