November 7 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On whether waiting four full days between games was like “standing over your golf shot”:
No. I can’t really equate standing over a golf shot to playing a hockey game.

On Buffalo “struggling” set against Ryan Miller’s Olympic aspirations:
I don’t think the team has struggled. I think Ryan Miller has struggled. I think he just won his first game. I think he was 0-and-10. I don’t think the team has struggled.
(ed: Miller is 2-10-0, with both wins coming in shootouts)

On Jarret Stoll getting onto the ice, and his progress:
That’s the first time he’s skated. Once he starts skating with the team, then we’ll get a better read on him. [Reporter: Had he been bothered a few weeks beforehand, or was it something that just kind of just crept up in the last few days?] The last two games that he played.

On Scott Niedermayer going into the Hall of Fame, and what stood out about him:
Well, I coached against him, but I’d rather talk about the guy that I coached that is going in, Chris Chelios. I mean, I coached against Scott for a long time. Obviously he’s a great player. He’s won championships, he’s a captain, he’s a guy that when he went out, he was still on the top of his game. When he came in he was on top of his game. He played in two great organizations, two different Stanley Cups, which meant he was a huge part of the culture of both teams. Good player.

On how to game plan against “a guy like Lidstrom or Niedermayer”:
The reason that Scott Niedermayer’s going in the Hall of Fame – he [wasn’t just] a great scorer. Great offensive player, great defensive player, guy who played lots of minutes. So how do you defend against him? Just the same way you defend against every top defenseman, which the game is now, there are at least one or two defensemen on every team that are similar-type players. So we’ve done a pretty good job of being able to defend against those guys. You’ve just got to know when they’re on the ice and manage their space.

On Niedermayer’s attributes that he sees in Drew Doughty:
They play both ends of the ice. They both really skate. They both can play against top players. They’re both good on the power play. Drew, as he evolves, will become the type of penalty killer that Scotty was. Very similar players, actually. Lefty-righty.

On Chris Chelios being inducted into the Hall of Fame:
It’s probably similar to Scott. Won championships two different places. Won Norrises two different places. Played a different type of game in terms of the physical part of it. Biggest adjustment – probably went from being a high penalty minute guy to a low penalty minute guy. Great situation guy, great captain. [Reporter: The love of the game kept him going well into his 40’s.] If somebody would’ve let him, he still would’ve been playing. That’s the best part about him…It’s a lesson for a lot of athletes in today’s game. Throw a quarter out on that ice, he’s going to fight for that quarter.

For more on Sutter’s comments about Scott Niedermayer, follow Orange County Register columnist Mark Whicker on Twitter.

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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.