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

Sabres Gionta Moulson

Puck Probability: Odds for Sabres at Kings, October 23

In advance of tonight’s game between the Sabres and Kings in downtown Los Angeles, we’re back with some odds regarding 10 things that just might happen during the game. As always, we’ll provide the tidbits related to various things that may occur on the Kings side of the ice, and we have a guest to share thoughts [...]

Jorges Gionta Moulson

Things You May Not Know: Sabres-Kings edition

Although we talk a lot about West Coast Bias around here, tonight brings the occasional glimpse into the other side of life, as the Buffalo Sabres make their lone appearance of the season at Staples Center. To get you ready, we have a few tidbits that will make you sound smart when talking to the person next to you – [...]

Martinez Kings Ducks

Mayor’s Minutes on NHL Radio – talking Voynov, Muzzin, Martinez, Kopitar

Follow @mayorNHL Here is a free replay of this week’s Mayor’s Minutes on NHL Network Radio. John Hoven joins host Jim ‘Boomer’ Gordon for a lap around the Western Conference, where a myriad of topics were discussed – including Slava Voynov, Jake Muzzin, Alec Martinez, Anze Kopitar, Tyler Toffoli, Mike Richards, Andy Andreoff, Anaheim Ducks, [...]

Major News Items

Manchester Monarchs MayorsManor Kings by Blake Gumprecht

MAJOR NEWS: Kings Preparing To Move Top Prospects To SoCal

Note to webmasters/reporters: When recapping news or interviews from this site please remember to include a link to www.MayorsManor.com Follow @mayorNHL In a story that MayorsManor has been chasing for 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? [...]