April 1 practice quotes: Rob Scuderi - LA Kings Insider

On the fundamentals of shot-blocking:
“I don’t think you go out and necessarily try and block shots. Every once in a while there comes a situation where you see a guy winding up and you’ll slide or you’ll go down to a knee. But that doesn’t happen a lot during a game. I think the most important thing is just being in position, and when eventually the do want to try to take a shot, if you’re in the right spot it’ll hit you. It’s not something that you’re specifically trying to do. You’re just trying to be in the right position, be in the right spot, and if you are, usually good things will happen, and blocks were certainly a good thing for us last night.”

On the improvement of getting sticks in passing lanes during the road trip:
“I think it’s really come along for us. We were a good defensive hockey team last year, and we’ve shown it at times this year. But I think recently you could really see us putting more of a focus on it, and it’s there every night, every shift, and it makes it difficult on the other team. We don’t like it when it’s done to us, and you can certainly tell that the other team doesn’t like it when you do it to them.”

On whether Anze Kopitar should draw consideration for the Selke Trophy:
“I think so. Since coming to the west, I’m not sure if I buy into the east coast bias towards awards. But I certainly don’t think he gets enough credit for the things he does. If he were to cheat a little more, he could probably be a 90, 95-point guy, even in the west, which is saying something because we don’t score a lot of goals in the conference. But he doesn’t. He always stays back. He talks a lot. He’s a real asset to have as a defensive player. You always know that when he’s on the ice, that he’s going to be in the right spot, he’s going to be doing the right thing, and he’s reliable.”

On the New York Mets’ chances of winning the World Series:
“As much as I will watch them, and I’m a fan, I don’t think it’s probably the Mets’ year.”

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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.