October 29 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On his impression of the Penguins after last night’s offensive outburst:
Build a fence tomorrow. They’re playing well. They have the ability to do that.

On how the Penguins have evolved under their new staff and system:
They’re using guys a little differently, that’s for sure. That’s the biggest thing. I mean, we don’t see them that [much]. If you don’t watch somebody live, you’re not an expert. [Reporter: Who watches the games for you? Who’s your pre-scout? Do you have a guy you send on the road? Like, was there somebody here last night?] No. Probably not, no. But, I mean our pro scouts – as coaches, we don’t send them out to do that. They’re more scouting for management.

On Anze Kopitar not having missed many games in his career:
He and I were talking today, and I thought we hadn’t missed one together, but we had, actually. The first game after the lockout he hurt his knee back home, and he didn’t play ‘til Game 2 after the lockout. He missed the opener when we raised the first banner, he missed that game. So I had forgotten about that. Him and Voynov both. Voynov had never missed a game other than after they called him up when I came here. He had never missed a game, and then Kopi. That was the first one. [Reporter: It was just that one. Didn’t he come back against Colorado the next-] He came in in Colorado, yeah. He reminded me of that, and I couldn’t remember it.

On whether the players are excited to face Pittsburgh, given the “aura” of the team:
No, we don’t have that sort of a deal with our team. We’ll play tomorrow, and then forget about it. That’s the way we go about it. There are no ups and downs with our team. We’ve learned to really keep it right there. We know who our opponent is and we’ll respect our opponent, and we’ll try and beat our opponent. We know that we’re not going to beat ourselves.

On whether there exists a trend in the league that teams are erasing deficits:

Well, we’re only eight-to-10 games in, so to me trends are just for the insiders. Basically it’s gossip and [road apples]. Quite honest, I mean, I have to answer the question, but it’s mostly [road apples].

On whether he watches his nephew Brandon often:
Yeah, I do. I think I’ve seen Pittsburgh play four games, and Brandon’s game doesn’t change. Brandon’s a good player. It’s no different here, because you play behind Sid and Malkin…But Brandon is as good a second centerman on every team there is in the league. [Reporter: It’s interesting. His dad told us he was like a coach. We have a show called In the Room where they mic the players. You could really see with his mic, you could really get a sense of how much he’s actually helping the players on the ice in practice, in games.] He’s a good player.

On whether he’ll catch up with Rob Scuderi:
Yeah, it’ll be good to hopefully touch base with him at some point in the next day or two here. He’ll probably poke in there. [Reporter: Best guy to coach, one of those guys?] No maintenance. You know what you’re getting out of him every day. Same thing. He comes to work, knows the game. He’s an extension of the coaching staff.

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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.