March 24 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On Marian Gaborik:
He’s still finding his way. I mean, Kopi’s the key guy on that line. Gabby’s played fine. He’s been solid for us, had lots of opportunities, done a good job in his own zone. I think it is an adjustment for players that come from the east to the west, and even though he’s played there prior, it’s still a big adjustment.

On any certain plays to suggest what Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams have in Gaborik:
No, I’d say it’s the other way. [Reporter: The other way? Gaborik’s starting to see what he’s got with Kopitar and Williams?] As I said, Kopitar is the key guy there.

On any surprise over Craig Berube’s success with the Flyers:
No, he’s a natural leader. He was that as a player. If you look at his family background, in today’s game most of the coaches are like that in terms of teams being so young and teams being so close and their skill sets that guys like that generally have success. He’s a strong guy. Not cause we’re playing him tonight. He’s a strong guy and he was a captain, and if he was a player he’d be their captain.

On the biggest challenge posed by the Philadelphia Flyers:
We played ‘em a couple weeks ago at home. They beat us two-cop. Both teams played similar games. So we just kind of go off that, not so much lately. They just finished playing St. Louis, which is a team similar to us, and they handled them, so we know we’ve got our hands full. They’re deep. Heck, if you can play Vinny Lecavalier on left wing, you’re pretty deep down the middle.

On opening a “big” road trip after back-to-back wins:
It’s not that big. It’s a fast trip. It’s good. You get out here and you play three games. Everybody’s at this time of the year, other than the teams that have separated themselves as the top five teams, everybody else is in pretty much a playoff race. We don’t get too much ahead of ourselves in terms of the trip. We’re playing the Philadelphia Flyers tonight.

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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.