March 25 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On Jake Muzzin’s play and whether he’s “getting it”:
“He’s getting it. It’s just that he has some defensive issues during games, as he did last game.”

On whether Muzzin has the confidence to “get there”:
“If you’re playing 20 minutes in the National Hockey League as a defenseman, don’t talk about confidence. That’s sort of an elusive, game-to-game, shift-to-shift, day-to-day thing. I think the ‘confidence’ is that the coaches play you that much.”

On what the difference in the Blackhawks without Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp:
“It takes a winger off their top line and a winger off their second line and it allows two really good young players to play in their place.”

On Patrick Kane’s difference this year and whether it has to do with “consistency”:
“We don’t see him every game. I’ve only seen him against us, so he’s a talented young player, and I’ve seen him enough in this conference to know that he’s a guy that takes advantage of players that aren’t as sharp as him or lesser players than him, and if you see it that he’s doing it on a consistent basis, then he is. But we just don’t see him enough live, right?”

On Jeff Carter’s progress from the start of the season to now:
“He’s a goal scorer, and if it was a regular, 80-game schedule, he’s on close to a 40-[goal] pace, and those are high expectations that we’ve put on him, and that’s sort of what he expects too, so he’s on a pretty consistent pace.”

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

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.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

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.