December 7 morning skate quotes: Drew Doughty - LA Kings Insider

On his impressions of the New York Islanders:
They’re a fast team. They’ve got a lot of skill up front. They’re going to be good on the rush. They’re not going to be a team that really cycles you and is physical doiwn low, but they’re going to be fast on the rush. They’re going to create plays off the rush. They’ve got a lot of skilled guys, so there’s a lot of them we’ve got to pay attention to.

On John Tavares:
I’ve known John for a long time and played against him since I was a little kid. He’s so good around the net. If he gets a shot anywhere in that offensive zone, it’s usually going to go in. So he’s someone you’ve got to pay special attention to, obviously, and he’s a good playmaker, too. I think their team kind of evolves around how he’s playing. If we can take him out of the game, it should give us a lot of help.

On whether the power play has been improving despite the lack of results:
We had a lot of chances last game, a few we should’ve scored on. Yeah, I guess it’s making strides, but the bottom line is you’ve got to score. It’s good to get momentum for your team. I’m not saying it’s not, but we need to score goals. That’s the bottom line. If we score a goal in one of those power plays last game, we win the game in normal time and don’t give Anaheim one point. [Reporter: It’s a cliché, but is it a matter of just getting that first one in and out of the way?] Yeah, I think if we get one in, especially tonight, that’ll get the power play rolling and get our confidence back up there. We’ll start putting more pucks in like we were earlier in the season.

On Ben Scrivens:
He’s been playing really well for us. He hasn’t been letting very many goals in, and he’s doing a great job back there for us. We have all the confidence in him, the same confidence we have with Jonathan Quick. For him to step up to the plate like that and play the way he’s playing, it’s a big confidence booster for the team, and it makes us happy for him, too.

On Thomas Hickey:
Hicks is a good player. I’m really happy for him that he finally got a chance to actually play in the NHL, and he’s doing a good job there for the Islanders. No friends out there tonight, so if he comes down mine, I’ll make sure to give him one.

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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.