January 23 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On the important stretch of four consecutive divisional games:
Tonight is. Tough stretch of games that we’re coming off of and coming in to.

On what he has liked about Jeff Carter’s recent stretch of play:
Since we got him, I’ve liked him. He’s a pretty good player, isn’t he? [Reporter: He is.] Yeah, I think so, too. [Reporter: Aside from the release that he has, what does he do to be able to put himself in position to score goals?] He’s a great skater. He has a great feel to the game. He’s a great X and O’s guy. He can play four-on-four. He can play five-on-five. He can play four-on-three. He can take faceoffs. He can play right wing. He can play center. Great release. I mean, I’ve got a great release, too, but I don’t have 20 goals this year. [Reporter: Not for lack of effort, though.] Not for Jeff, either.

On what he is “hoping for” with the Jeff Schultz and Tyler Toffoli call-ups:
It’s not what I’m ‘hoping for.’ There’s been no competition for our defense here, and I think it’s really showed in our performance. I think that because of Greene’s injury, he’s been in and out all year, and once we lost Keaton, there’s been pretty much, whether you’ve played good or bad, you’ve got to play, and I think we’re getting closer to what we talked about this last summer, where we wanted eight defensemen.

On any reports on Toffoli from Manchester:
Didn’t get no reports. I mean, we were on the road and they were in St. John’s, so the closest we could get anything was a note in a bottle. And I haven’t gotten it yet. Thirteen forwards, extra forward. [Reporter: So, again, more competition?] No, you need 13 forwards.

On what has stuck out about Anaheim’s success:
Well, they’ve got 17 more points than we do, so what sticks out is they’ve got 17 more points.

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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.