March 31 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On what the Kings have created in an attempt to find offense:
I don’t think very much. We’ve had guys that have been off their career numbers that are good players and are just kind of getting back to that. I think the guys who came back from the Olympics have come back in a really good place. I think there are some teams…that are concerned about how guys would come back, but our guys didn’t miss a beat. Probably about three or four games in they had a little bit of a fatigue thing, but they came back. Hey, they’re our best players.

On whether there is anything innate in Anze Kopitar’s play that all great players have:
Well, one thing about this group, because they’ve had it now, and he’s a central figure in it, they don’t put anything to do with themselves first. It’s like last week when we moved Mike around, we moved Jeff around and all that, everyone thinks it’s some sort of a controversial thing or a problem with Brownie, it’s like probably in the locker room. It’s actually the opposite. These guys aren’t about the individual stuff. They’re actually the opposite. They’re trying to help the team in different ways, and that’s what they want to do. It’s the best part, still, with those guys. We’ve talked about that type of player, because you can go to them and talk about it…’What do you think seems best?’ I mean, Kopi and Jeff aren’t playing together…And same with Mike. Mike and Jeff aren’t playing together, but they know that it’s probably better for us to shift it around. Kopi’s awesome like that. I said it right away when I was on the ice with Kopi. I didn’t know enough, either. Just…watching him as a young guy from upstairs. But once you get him, and you get him in the practice stuff, in the meeting stuff and all that, those guys are special guys because they play the game, they’re different. They see it different. They’re special…It’s like talking about the Selke, I said it the first game. Friggin, he was the best that I’ve coached in that. You know there’s the great checking guys, but not somebody that was so good at everything.

On whether the Kings’ offensive balance is as good as it has been this season:
Well, we didn’t have Gaborik to balance it, and we didn’t have Pearson and Toffoli here regularly. There’s no balance if those two kids don’t play well. There isn’t. If they’re guys that go in and out of the lineup, there’s no balance. There’s some pressure on Tanner and Tyler to be solid players for us. We’re finding out if they can when it starts for real. Gaby’s given that because it allows Jeff and Brownie, Mike, it gives you that. So it’s up to the next guys. It’s not up to Gaby or those guys. I know how they’re going to play. They’re playing like that now. That’s how they’re going to play if we make it. But it’s those young guys you’re wondering. And that’s the challenge. That’s the only pressure on our team, those guys on defense, and the pressure on those forward. Let’s see how you guys are going to play. It’s good for ‘em. We’re giving it to ‘em, and now they’re going to give it back. It’s a pretty clean way of looking at it. It’s honest. It’s a good way of looking at it because they want it.

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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.