November 11 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On Anaheim dealing with two players with viral infections:
Yeah, we’ve had some sick guys, too. [Reporter: Did you get the flu shot?] Yeah, our guys have their flu shots at training camp. I’m not sure how other teams do it. [Reporter: How about you, personally?] Yeah…I never used to because I thought that the flu shot made you sick, but now they say it [doesn’t].

On how Anaheim has evolved from last year:
I think the kids on the back end have got a year under their belt. They’ve got the three guys who are real top defensemen. Vatanen and Lindholm and Fowler. Three top guys on the back. It’s like the growth of our young defensemen. We talked about it before with Doughty, Voynov, Martinez, Muzzin. Same thing. That’s the biggest impact it has in our game. [Reporter: What about up front? Are they any different?} Well, Kesler is right there with Getzlaf, so would you say that’s different? Yep. I mean, Bonino’s a really good player, but he’s a different type of player. That’s the biggest difference, and it’s not me saying it. It’s kind of what the conference and division has done.

On getting Jamie McBain acclimated to the team:
Yeah, there’s a lot to go over with him. It’s way different coming to this conference. The pace of play is way different…We’ll see. [Reporter: It seems like a crash course, a couple days.] He hasn’t played on a good team. Big difference. Good kid, good skill set. The next part is the game. [Reporter: It’s amazing how quickly things can turn. That’s the beauty of sports. He’s skating in his dad’s rink in Bloomington a couple weeks ago, and here he is with the Stanley Cup champions.] You know what? He’s had a really good college career, came out, and played a year in the American League,…got off to a good start in Carolina, signed a big contract, and had trouble getting one. It happens.

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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.