December 2 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On how St. Louis a different team this year:
They got Derek Roy. Got Bouw for a whole year. Goaltending’s healthy. Personnel, that’s probably it.

On whether work ethic against St Louis is “paramount,” compared to other teams:
No, I think work ethic in the National Hockey League is paramount. There’s no weak sisters or big brothers.

On adjusting the lines against Calgary and at this morning’s skate:
We’re just trying to find some guys who can keep up with Kopi. Kopi and Drew were drawing a lot of attention from the other teams, rightfully so – either best players or top checkers – and whoever is on the ice with them have to either be top checkers or be best players, quite honest. We’ve had trouble from game 21 to whatever we’re at now scoring goals, and it’s not really a reflection of how those top guys are playing. It’s how the guys that play with them are playing.

On whether the level of Alex Steen’s production is surprising:
I just told the players – 20 goals, wears number 20. Hopefully it can stay with him, not change ‘em by game. [Reporter: Does it shock you, though, that he’s got that many?] Sure. Of course it does. He’s a really good two-way player, and he’s been that his whole career. I’ll bet if you go ask him, for sure, too, if you’d have said he’d have 20, he’d be thrilled with that.

On what “sticks out” about St. Louis’ power play:
When it’s hot, it sticks out. When it’s not, it doesn’t.

On whether Matt Frattin is “good to go”:
I talked to him on the ice. He says he’s good to go. Quite honest, I’m not waiting around for somebody to find his timing, though. Hopefully he gets it – as you asked before about who plays with who. I can tell you this – he is going to dress, and hopefully he can play well enough to give us a little bit of offense and a little bit of work and a little bit of detail.

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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.