The injury list continues to grow for the Los Angeles Kings, but so does the opportunity for some young players to prove themselves with the NHL club.
The Kings announced Monday afternoon that second-year defenseman Alec Martinez was placed on injured reserve with an upper-body injury suffered Saturday night in a 5-2 victory against the visiting Minnesota Wild.
To fill his roster spot, the Kings called up rookie defensman Slava Voynov from their AHL affiliate in Manchester. The last cut coming out of training camp, Voynov played five games for the Kings earlier this season when Drew Doughty went down with a shoulder injury, posting two goals and an assist with a plus-3 rating. The Kings went 4-1 with him in the lineup.
Martinez appeared to injure his shoulder when he was checked into the boards late in the first period by Warren Peters, drawing a five-minute major boarding penalty. Martinez laid on the ice briefly before heading to the locker room. He returned after the first intermission while Peters was still in the penalty box and scored a power-play goal for a 2-0 lead.
Martinez did not attend practice Monday.
Left wing Scott Parse also went on IR last week with a lower-body injury.
Dan Arritt covers the NHL for ESPNLosAngeles.com.