October 15 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On the players claiming that their recent play was “more like Kings hockey”:
Well, you have to break the schedule down this year more, that’s for sure. Last year it was forced on you, and we were coming of basically a not really good training summer – a six-week recovery summer – and with the lockout, then the surgeries we had, everything just kind of got backtracked. We never got going. Now you get your schedule early, and I’ve said lots already…there’s no issues in how we play. We know how we want to play, and that’s how we play. Some nights it works, some nights it doesn’t.

On how Matt Greene and Willie Mitchell have looked following their surgeries:
I think both of them have shown signs of improvement lately, but they’ve also shown signs of long layoff. Greener played a little bit in the playoffs for us, but never really got up to speed, and I think Willie, it’s obvious he has peaks and valleys in his game still. But he’s making progress, I think.

On whether much should be read into the evolving lines:
You know what? The last two games we’ve had pretty much five-on-five. We haven’t had many power plays, and we’re a team that doesn’t take penalties, so we’ve tried to use real balance on this trip in terms of ice time, and I don’t like when you’re five-on-five, and if you’re not chasing the lead, I’d prefer to have a little bit more balance in your lines, because quite honest, out west you need that. If you’re just top-heavy, you’ve got guys that play lots and maybe they’ll have good numbers, but your team doesn’t win. I have lots of experience teaching that, so that’s how you do it. We don’t really move guys around at all.

On Matt Frattin:
We’re still getting to know him. The kid works hard. Well trained, came in really good. He’s fit in well with our team. We’d like to see him score now…He plays a fast game, and he gets in the mix game, so it’s not easy to find his way.

On any adjustment Trevor Lewis has had to make at center:
Playoffs last year, it was pretty seamless for him two when we needed him. He played a very prominent center ice role for us in the playoffs last year. He was drafted as a center. Hadn’t played it much. Quite honest, when I came here, Lewie was one of the guys they said couldn’t play on our team. He’s a pretty important player.

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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.