Darryl Sutter Pre-Game Quotes - LA Kings Insider

On what he expects from Simon Gagne: “Little more spirit in his game and a little more pace.  And hopefully not have to re-evaluate it.”

On Dustin Penner: “Dustin is close.  Him and Simon are sort of in the same siutation.  Dustin is in a really good place mentally.  We can’t use games as preseason games.  He’s close, so I just want him to get his game pace to where it’s got to be.”

On the team overall: “I liked our game in Edmonton.  I liked it for the most part in Colorado, so that means we should be getting there.   We got a really young defense and we need the pace of our forwards to be a hell of a lot better to help them out.  It’s not hard to figure out.  It’s nothing more than that.”

On Willie Mitchell’s status: “He’s got to push through it.  That’s what got to happen.”

On the power play: “We’re not getting enough shots.  We’re getting good looks, but more [shots] is better for your percentages.  We’ve done a lot of work the last couple of days talking to players, doing video.   We hit three posts in Edmonton, but still that’s not a shot on goal.  We’re playing those three young kids on the power play, so it’s a learning curve for them.  Muzzin, Voynov and Martinez are playing on the power play for good reason because they have good shots and they have a good skill set.  But they got to shoot the puck more.  They can be so respectful of Kopitar, Carter and Williams that they want to give them the puck.   They [need] to get the puck and pound it.  If it hits one of [the forwards] and goes in then so be it.   That’s what you want.”

On Davis Drewiske: “We need Davis to replace Greener.  Play the right side and replace Greener.  That’s where he is in the organization and that’s where he’s played and that’s what he’s capable of is that type of player.  That’s what he’s capable of and we’re going to work with him to do that.”

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.