LOS ANGELES – The 2012 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings have assigned defenseman Slava Voynov to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Voynov, 22, recorded 20 points (8-12=20), a plus-12 rating and 12 penalty minutes in 54 games with the Kings during the 2011-12 regular season, his rookie season with the club. The 5-11, 199-pound native of Chelyabinsk, Russia, also added another three points (1-2=3) and four penalty minutes in 20 postseason games with the Kings during their successful run to the 2012 Stanley Cup Championship.
When compared with other first-year NHL blue liners, Voynov tied for first in goals (8), tied for seventh in assists (12), finished third in points (20) and tied for first in plus-minus rating (plus-12). He made his NHL/Kings debut vs. St. Louis on October 18, 2011, and he recorded his first three NHL points (2-1=3) at Dallas on October 27, 2011. Voynov scored his first career playoff goal at St. Louis on April 28, 2012.
The Kings selected Voynov in the second-round (32nd overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.