April 11 morning skate quotes: Drew Doughty - LA Kings Insider

On what the team learned from the Dallas game after meeting and watching video:
“We didn’t come prepared to play. Our top players weren’t our best players, which we need every night. Right from our top forwards to our top D to our top goalie, we needed to be a lot better. So I think all of us need to kind of look in the mirror, and we need to have our best game tonight in order to win.”

On what he notices in particular about Colorado’s speed:
“They’re fast. They have a lot of skilled, fast guys. We need to make sure that we’re taking away their speed in the neutral zone. That’s where they can gain that speed off their breakouts throughout the neutral zone. So if we’re hard on our neutral zone forechecks, too, we’re going to take away that speed. I think down low, if they’re in on the cycle or in on the forecheck, we’ll be able to handle that.”

On Matt Duchesne, who was named the game’s first star in Wednesday’s win at Anaheim:
“He’s a good player. He’s quick. He’s got good hands, got a good shot, good vision. He’s pretty much got all the offensive abilities you need to be a successful player in the NHL. So he’s definitely one of their key players and someone we’ll need to pay attention to. If I get him for a pairing, I’m going to try and take care of that.”

On whether he watched the Avalanche and Ducks on an off-night:
“I didn’t last night. Usually I’ll throw on a game if we know the other team’s coming into town the next day…but last night I didn’t watch it. But we watch enough video here that we don’t need to watch the game. We’re going to sit down and watch 20 minutes of video of them anyway, so we’ll learn all the tendencies.”

On whether he regularly watches hockey on a night off:
“Sometimes. Not too often. It’s rare that I’ll watch a whole game. I’ll watch a period here or there, or if a game’s going into a shootout or overtime, I’ll flick that on. For the most part throughout the season, I don’t watch too much hockey, but when the playoffs come around, that’s when it’s a lot of fun to watch.”

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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.