November 19 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On his evaluation of Robyn Regehr and Slava Voynov since being paired together:
I think Robyn, other than a couple games this year, has been our most consistent defenseman. So we put him with a young guy, and hopefully it elevates their games. Slava, when he’s skating, is an effective player. When he’s not, he’s not.

On his impression of the Tampa Bay Lightning:
Good hockey club. Their record speaks for itself. They’ve been either top-three in the conference or division all year.

On Martin St. Louis playing in his 1,000th career game tonight:
It’s impressive because he’s not just a good player. He’s sort of like Teemu in terms of the whole thing.

On Willie Mitchell saying that he didn’t see many smaller players when he was younger:
I have. I’ve seen lots of good ones. [Reporter: Fleury and Hakan Loob?] Several. Played against lots of ‘em, and I’ve seen lots of ‘em.

On whether St. Louis has changed the game by being “a small guy”:
Nope. There have been lots of ‘em. In facts, I’d seen one on TV last night in the stands, and somebody was oohing and aahing about it. It was [Yvan] Cournoyer. But again, lots of guys that are dynamic. You talk about it because they’re smaller, but it doesn’t mean they’re not great. St. Louis is the whole deal. Off-ice, on-ice, the captain. It’s not one-dimensional. Stanley Cup, All-Star, the whole deal. It doesn’t matter. He’s played a long time.

On how the team breaks the 82-game season up into shorter segments:
Well, you always evaluate as coaches based on road trips, based on homestands, based on quarters, based on this week’s two-week, 20-day break, Olympic breaks. You break it up in lots of different ways. You’re trying to give players tight guidelines so it doesn’t look as long to them, so you break it up. So you get them to evaluate certain parts of their games against certain teams, division games, home games, road games, road trips. Lots of different ways. [Reporter: What was your evaluation after this past road trip?] Obviously it speaks for itself.

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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.