October 12 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On Jake Muzzin claiming to be getting closer:
He’ll be cleared by a doctor, not by a coach or himself.

On opening a six-game homestand:
I think we took a step last night. We’ll focus on tonight’s game and go from there.

On familiarity with the Winnipeg Jets, who didn’t make major personnel moves:
Yeah, I don’t think they made any significant changes, quite honest. Health, they were really banged up, if you look at it last year…After Paul took over, I think they changed their style quite a bit. They play to their strengths. I think that Little and Scheifele are two underrated top centermen, and they probably fly under that same radar that Kopi used to where he was appreciated by who he played against but not from the outside, and those two guys both play big, big parts of their team, and they have big strong wingers, which both of those guys use, and then with Trouba and the three defensemen – especially Bogosian, Trouba and Stuart – as big guys who play a real mobile game, and Enstrom that’s sort of the distributor. So it’s a real solid team, I think.

On whether he knows goaltender Michael Hutchinson that well:
We’ve seen him before. Billy will have a good book on him. I’ve seen him playing against Manch on video more than anything. [Reporter: Do you think that’s who they’ll go with?] I don’t know. I mean, we don’t know. We didn’t know until yesterday afternoon that Dubnyk was playing. We don’t know.

On Brayden McNabb providing a physical element on Saturday night:
He has to. It’s part of his M.O. I mean, it’s not like it’s something that he’s learning to be physical. I mean, as a junior player and as an American League player, that’s part of his M.O., so you have to do that. I mean, you have to have an identity and you have to play within your personality, and quite honest, with Muzz out of the lineup, Muzz and Drew are our most physical defensemen, so Brayden has to bring some of 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.