March 3 practice quotes: Dustin Brown - LA Kings Insider

On what led to Justin Williams’ power play goal versus Vancouver:
“Shooting off the pass helps, and that’s a result of putting the puck in the wheelhouse for Williams. I thought our movement prior to the goal – we got them moving…and that opened up Stick for the one-timer. I had pretty good position for Muzz in front…for me to screen him. It’s awful hard for the goalie to move across there, and it found a way in. Our puck movement was crisp.”

On the Nashville Predators:
“From top to bottom, first line to fourth line, they all play the same way regardless of the skill set, and they’ve found a way to be successful for pretty much 10 years now with a team that doesn’t have a so-called ‘superstar’, maybe with the exception of Rinne and Weber, but they find a way to get it done. A lot of it revolves around their system and their work ethic.”

On addressing what hadn’t worked in the two previous Nashville games:
“I think…the key is holding on to pucks, being patient with it. I think they have a sit-back mentality. They protect the net really well, but we have to find ways to get to the net and get pucks there as well as bodies at the same time. I think right now or in games past, we’ve gotten pucks there without bodies and we’ve gotten bodies there without pucks. With a goaltender like Rinne, you’ve got to get in front of him and make it hard for him. I think from a defensive standpoint – I know we lost both games – we limited them to less than 15 shots in both, I think. They’re very opportunistic. We need to be the same.”

On Nashville’s ability to craft its own style over the years despite additions and departures:
“I mean, they still have those staple guys that have been there for years. It’s a system that they have and they’ve had in place for years, and people come in and buy in and find a way to get it done. They’ve been a successful team, like I said, for the last seven, eight years. They don’t have, like I said, any so-called ‘superstars’, but a lot of their players are really solid, two-way players, and that goes a long way.”

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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.