November 14 morning skate quotes: Brown, Pearson, Jones
Dustin Brown, on the heavy amount of youth in the dressing room:
We are all right… At the end of the day, that’s kind of the way our team is designed, is we have that core group of guys. We are missing a couple of those cores. When you have a group of players that have played together for such a long time, when a couple of them fall out of the lineup due to injury and we have to call up young guys, it’s pretty easy to kind of merge them into the group. Because the majority of the players – like you said it’s the most drastic change [since winning the Stanley Cup] – but we still have a lot of guys that have played long amounts of time together and that goes a long way in situations like this.
Brown, on whether he sees aspects of his own game in Tanner Pearson’s:
I didn’t really know him very well, but just playing with him and watching him in training camp, I think he is really good on the physical side of things. Not just in the stereotypical body checks, but really strong stick, really just the details on the physical side of it. Whether it is being hard on sticks, being hard on the body, and things like that for a guy who can play on the offensive side of the puck, it’s nice to see another guy throwing his body around.
Tanner Pearson, on how he found out he was getting called up:
It was after yesterday’s morning game. Blakey was there, so he called me in afterwards and asked me if I was ready to go and [took] the five o’clock flight out to JFK.
Pearson, on how his game has changed since his last call up:
I don’t think it was much improving. I think it’s just kind of sticking with things I was doing right before. And I was waiting and waiting for this call and I eventually got it.
Pearson, on his reaction to Vey and Toffoli being called up:
Oh, I was excited for them obviously. You really can’t be mad about it. Ty did well last year here and Veysey has put in his time. So it was just kind of waiting [for] my time to come, and it came this week.
Pearson, on last year’s playoff experience, and whether he’ll have “butterflies”:
Yeah, it’s your first regular season NHL game, I guess you could say. There will probably be butterflies. You will are always going to be nervous playing a hockey game in the NHL, but it is going to be fun. I am going to try to have fun with it. But I think the playoff game will help in how I prepare myself for this game.
Martin Jones on his reaction to being called up:
I got a text late Tuesday night [saying] I should be ready to go. It’s a lot of excitement, obviously you never want to see someone go down with an injury. But it’s an opportunity so I just got to make sure I work hard here and try and take advantage.
Jones, on former roommate Thomas Hickey playing for the Islanders:
[I] roomed with him for three years. So it’s pretty special to get my first experience here, I get to do it against him. It’s going to be fun.
Jones, on the Monarchs’ start to the season:
It was a good start to the season. I think we have a lot of depth there, so I think that is why we have been successful. It’s got to show more than ever with so many guys missing. A lot of guys are going to have to step up and fill in those roles.
Jones, on how his game has developed:
I think just being a year older and more experienced and a little bit more mature physically. And being around the Kings the last couple of years during the playoffs, of getting to experience that, I mean they are all learning experiences and just trying to take in as much as you during those.
Jones, on how comfortable he is:
Maybe a little bit more comfortable being in this setting. Obviously, there are a lot of Manchester guys here, which helps – a lot of familiar faces. All those things help for sure.