January 10 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On whether Jeff Carter has “found a groove” since returning from his foot injury:
He’s a good player. I don’t think he’s ‘found it,’ he’s pretty much been like that, other than injuries, since we got him, if you look at it, his consistency in terms of offensive performance.

On Matt Frattin’s physical play, forechecking and near-goals off deflections:
He’s got a good work ethic. He’s finishing checks. He’s trying to give us some energy, so if you’re not scoring, you better do those things, or else you’re out of the lineup.

On Dustin Brown saying he has been feeling better since Christmas:
He’s got to get his game in order, very simple. He’s got to get it in order, what his identity is. His minutes have been down, and it’s affected our team. He’s hopefully preparing for the Olympics to represent his country, and he wants his game in order and as well as the role he plays on our team. [Reporter: What’s your assessment of his game, with two goals in three games?] He’s a role player on our team, and our record since Christmas is reflected on basically how our role players haven’t played very well.

On Jeff Carter’s 10 shots on goal, and whether shots on goal is an “overlooked statistic”:
No, because when you look at Jeff, because he is a goal scorer, at the end of the day his numbers are basically almost a one-in-three ratio, goals-per-game in his career. So you see Jeff, he’ll go five or six games without goals, that’s another thing you’ve seen in his career. What is significant there is because he is such a goal scorer, and he has that feel for where he should be on the ice, and he seizes the opportunity, and when he’s not getting those shots, that’s when his scoring goes down. [Reporter: So with all those shots-] Well, 10 is not a number. I mean, if he doesn’t have 10 tomorrow night, are you going to come to the rink and do an interview the next day, ‘How come Jeff Carter didn’t have 10 shots? You know what? ‘Jeez, Carts only had nine shots. He’s off. He only had nine shots.’ A few things go into it. Number one, Kopitar’s one of the top 10 playmaking centermen in the NHL, clearly. If you get to play with Kopitar, you’re going to get shots and scoring chances. The reason we put Jeff with Kopitar is because the guys over there worked, very simple. And when you refer to the one player, if you play with Kopitar, you better get your chances, because he’s putting you in a position to do it a lot of times, and Jeff Carter does that.

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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.