Murray says Voynov will play Tuesday – did he tip his hand?

Slava Voynov of LA Kings (photo: M. Zampelli)

Given the words and actions of LA Kings coach Terry Murray over the last few weeks, it at least appears like forward Scott Parse may be hanging on by a thread.

The team needs to get the roster down to 21 skaters by Friday, meaning one more cut is required.

Thus, either Parse, Davis Drewiske or rookie Slava Voynov won’t be around for the season opener.

During a press conference earlier today in Germany, Murray may have tipped his hand when he shared the following:

“Voynov will play in the (final pre-season) game tomorrow…he’s had a great training camp for us. He’s coming off an All-Star year in the American Hockey League. His game has grown tremendously over the three years that I’ve been watching him in the training camps. Right now, he’s on the threshold – he’s knocking right on the door, can he make the National Hockey League and the LA Kings? He’s been a fun player to watch. He’s similar in his game to Drew Doughty – he’s a ‘puck skill’ guy, he’s got great vision on the ice, he’s a second/third option player, he can find those guys and make really good plays. So, it’s going to be another good look at him tomorrow night.”

Previously in camp, Murray had said he’d be open to starting the season with eight defensemen. Thus, the option is there for Drewiske and Voynov to occupy those final two roster spots.

Voynov is also expected to debut his new #26 jersey in the game, after wearing #76 so far this preseason. Originally selected by the Kings in the second round of the 2008 NHL Draft, he entered training camp ranked by MayorsManor as the second best defensive prospect in the Kings organization and sixth overall (see the full list here).

Early tomorrow morning we’ll have a special preview of the Kings pre-season game against the Hamburg Freezers.

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