Friday, July 23, 2010

Voynov: NHL-Ready or KHL-bound?

While the Kings wait for the next chapter of the Ilya Kovalchuk Saga to unfold...
Traktor's (KHL) Director said #LAK prospect Voinov and #FLA prospect Dadonov will return to KHL if either can't make NHL team this season.
Voynov surprised alot of people when he made the jump directly to the AHL as an 18-year old.  He's a smooth skating defenseman who's got some offensive upside.  He's made huge strides over the past two seasons but it didn't sound like Ron Hextall was totally convinced that Voynov could make the jump to the NHL next season during his wrap-up session with Hammer.
Slava improved this year, defensively, and played a much more sound defensive game. He’s got to get better at communicating with his teammates. I think the language is part of it. I was a little surprised when I met with him at the end of the year, though, that he talks a lot better than he did a few months ago, even. But it’s the real quick communication on the ice. He’s still got some work to do there. He’s got to get better at that. Offensively, I think he can push his game to another level next year, but again, this is a 19-year-old kid playing in the American league. I wouldn’t say he’s knocking on the door. He’s got a little bit of work to do, just like the rest of them.
If the Kings fail to acquire another top-four defenseman before training camp opens; the Kings will have two spots open on their blueline with the departures of OD and Randy Jones.  Voynov will most likely battle other prospects like Andrew Campbell, Davis Drewiske, Thomas Hickey, Alec Martinez and Jacob Muzzin for the remaining spots.

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