October 28 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On what changes would be made if Anze Kopitar “can’t go” tonight:
What if he does go tonight?

On the Pearson-Carter-Toffoli line:
First off, Tanner and Tyler played together in the American League, so they’re comfortable with each other, and I think they’ve played off-and-on. They weren’t a line very much in the playoffs last year. [Reporter: They were together late, though.] Not very often, actually. If you look at the last goal that was scored in June, Lewis, Clifford and Toffoli were our line. Richards, Carter and Pearson were a line.

On how the Kings would be theoretically be affected by using 19 players:
It’s not a question that I have to answer, quite honest. Why do I? IR is seven days. Other than that, you’re day-to-day. LTI is 10 games. Everything else you have your answers to. I don’t have to give you any answers on injuries. I don’t know when that started.

On how Anze Kopitar looked at the morning skate:
He’s ready to go.

On how close Trevor Lewis is to returning:
He’s close. He wants to play. We’ve got a long trip here. I’ll make sure he’s ready in two days, not for a few minutes tonight. [Reporter: Because it is October, after all.] Well, it’s not that. You know what? We’ve had some frustrating muscle injuries already. You just don’t want to prolong ‘em. I’d rather be a day in or a game off than miss four or five weeks. [Reporter: They’re like kind of the same thing with some of these guys, right? The same area, more or less?] Yeah, I mean Gaborik’s had two separate injuries. Those are disappointing injuries.

On Marian Gaborik and Lewis:
Yeah, they’re full skating and they’re getting closer. Every day they’re closer. When they’re ready, they’ll be ready. They tell me. [Reporter: They’ll let you know, is that what you’re saying?] That’s a good way of doing it, I think. I mean it’s not like we don’t know our players. It’s not like we’re getting familiar with a new player. We know our players, and we trust our players.

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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.