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

On how the club fills the void caused by the losses of Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli:
You don’t. They’re very important players on our team, not just numbers-wise, but they’re a big part of our puck possession game, our penalty killing game, all that. You don’t replace those players. What you do is you put other guys in, guys who are either bitching about ice time who think they should be playing, or guys who you have to move out of position a little bit, or veterans who just have to give you a little bit more.

On whether Andy Andreoff can expect a widened opportunity:
I’d say Andreoff and Nolan would both be in the very same boat. Guys who have played a handful of shifts once in a while and need to play a hell of a lot better than they have.

On whether he has considered an array of lineup scenarios given the injuries:
No. [Reporter: Pretty clear?] Yeah. I mean, if you look at it, there are three lines that have played together a lot. Jeff’s played a lot with Kopi and Gabby, and Brownie, Stollie and Willie have played a lot together, and Kinger and Lewie and Mike have played a lot together, so the fourth line is a line that we haven’t had much performance or production from from 2012, quite honest. I’ve said that lots…the fourth line hasn’t given us much. So now we have to see if we can find one.

On whether Nick Shore’s call-up is good, even if “he doesn’t play”:
He’s going to play. He’s deserved – and I know it’s injury that’s brought him up here, but it’s the very same as if I look back with Toffoli and Pearson, and the same age, same type of first year, same type of second years going up and down. He’s going to play. There are guys who are here who are here not because they made the team, but because they were basically given a job. I told the Shore boy I’m glad he’s here. He deserves the right, the very same way that when Tyler and Tanner went down last year, they came back up.

On whether recent roster moves affect the center/winger balance:
No, I think that Nick is a centerman, but I think that we have guys who can move around or move out of the lineup. That’s not relevant. I mean, Lewie moves around, Jeff moves around. The position is not that important.

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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.