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The numbers game may push a terrific prospect out of the NHL and back to Russia and that’s the situation facing Voynov.
Despite a 51-point season in the AHL, it’s an unfortunate situation as the 21-year-old proved he is NHL ready. But with Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson already ahead of him the Los Angeles Kings brass feel his development is better served with the Manchester Monarchs.
This summer will be a pivotal decision in Voynov’s future as he could be lured back to the KHL with good money and most importantly a promise of ice time. If Voynov decides to stay, it means he is willing to give the NHL every chance he can and that shows a lot of character.
Skill-wise he has all the tools to be a contributor at the next level; he harnesses a good shot and effortlessly makes the always important outlet pass.
Look for the Russian to play 30 games with the Kings this season and if productive will be full-time next season. If the call-up fails to come early, there is a definite KHL risk.