He went from six goals and 19 assists in 48 games in 2013 to four goals and 30 helpers in 82 games this past season. From that standpoint, it would be easy to say that Slava Voynov hasn't been as effective this season for the Los Angeles Kings. But these are the Kings, and the offensive numbers don't make or break the players on this team. They haven't in 2012 and they certainly don't now.
As already mentioned, Slava Voynov appeared in all 82 regular-season (and all 26 playoff) games for Los Angeles this year, which makes him one of the most reliable players to don the silver-and-black. In addition, his 6-foot, 194-pound frame may not be the most intimidating but Voynov has dished out his fair share of punishment, recording 165 hits in the regular season and another 78 in the postseason.
With 143 shots during the regular season, Voynov's 1.74 shots per game may not strike fear into opposing netminders but the 24-year-old is more than reliable to move the puck around in the offensive zone, whether on even strength or the power play.
In terms of numbers, Voynov is behind the likes of Doughty, Regehr and even Jake Muzzin on the Los Angeles blueline - but that in no way is a detriment against the Russian. Instead, it's a testament to Voynov's aforementioned linemates. He has had his moments of defensive lapses this past season but Slava Voynov makes up for it in other areas - and that is why he makes such a great fit on one of the most formidable defensive units in hockey.
Overall grade for Slava Voynov: B