October 3 morning skate quotes: Sutter, Frattin - LA Kings Insider

Darryl Sutter, on a lot of “whoops” and yells from the team as they took the ice:
I’m sure every team’s the same. Last year you didn’t have training camp, right? When you think about the 48 games, you had five days, and away you went. Some guys weren’t ready, some guys were. There was nothing you could do about it. Now, with training camp, obviously we start skating on the 12th, and the last four or five days, guys wanted to get going. You know what? We’re a young team, so their energy level – they’re excited about playing.

Sutter, on whether he learned more about the players and the organization during his first full Kings training camp:
Not really. I mean, I’m pretty familiar with everybody on our team other than three boys coming in – Carcillo, Scrivens and Frattin. We’re very familiar with our team. The preseason setting is not the same intensity. You’ve got to remember, we’ve played more playoff games as a nucleus than any other team in the league the last two years, so I didn’t think there was much to learn about everybody. I think it was just getting the whole camp. It was probably a different type of camp for players – the guys that were here before – in terms of what the training part that was expected out of them. We did a good job of it.

Sutter, on similarities between Anze Kopitar and Mikko Koivu:
They’re real similar, except you know what? We’re probably a little spoiled as a whole organization, as a fan in Los Angeles, because Kopi’s still so young. You forget that a lot of guys are just starting out, and he’s already had a lot under him, and the demands put on him are significant. But he handles it great. He’s a consummate – and I’ve said this before – there’s no maintenance with Kopi at all. None. You know what? He helps you with stuff, and I help him with stuff. If there’s a comparison between him and Koivu, it probably is that. I bet their coaches probably say that about [Koivu], too. It’s just that Koivu’s probably got five or six more years of experience. They’re probably really similar, because they can both play the 200-foot, they both play both ends, they both produce offensively, they’re both big parts of penalty kill, power play, they both take big faceoffs. They’re both leaders, obviously. Both are captains on their team. It just keeps going.

Matt Frattin, on the most difficult part of joining a new team:
I mean, it’s just trying to get along with the guys and trying to fit in, and the other thing is you’re just using a different system, which is pretty similar, but there’s still little things that you have to work into your game to remember without being caught or being a liability out there.

Frattin, on whether he got everything he was looking for from training camp and the preseason:
Yep, I’m ready to go.

Frattin, on the team ending the preseason and “itching” to get started:
I mean, the whole dressing room’s ready to get going, and I mean, just watching the game the past couple of nights, you definitely get that vibe that you’re ready to go, and it’s going to be electric in the building tonight.

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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


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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

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


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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

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


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