October 25 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On whether the Kings are where he wants them to be after a slow start:
We’ve made progress. I think other than our first game we’ve headed in the right direction with the type of game we need to play. I think we’re a different-type team than we’ve had in terms of our experience on the back end and fitting Looch into the lineup, things like that.

On whether there was an adjustment period after losing experienced players:
Well, I think Slava Voynov is a borderline great player. He went from playing six games last season. Probably the biggest reason we didn’t make the playoffs.

On Connor McDavid:
He comes exactly as advertised. He’s going to be a great player, and he’s already at his age a top player in the league. I think you guys are getting to see it on a nightly basis.

On Milan Lucic:
He’s played really well for us. Everybody always questions, ‘where does this player fit,’ or ‘who does he play with?’ That always sorts itself out, especially with a guy like Looch who’s played in one organization his whole time, had one coach. If you look at it, he played with probably pretty much the same centerman his whole career. The adjustment is not anything to do with him in terms of performance. The adjustment is just adjusting to new surroundings. He’s played really well. For sure he’s been our best left winger by a longshot.

On looking to “cultivate” more production from the Shore and Andreoff lines:
Shore and Lewis have been top players for us. ‘Cultivate,’ for a farmer, means work. So, if you’re talking about anybody else, cultivate is work.

On his memories of Rexall Place:
It was always coming home. Always. Got family when you come to Edmonton. It’s still the best part of coming back to Alberta. You always knew, for the most part, Edmonton and Calgary, especially when I was a young player, were tough towns to come in to, if you look at those two teams.

On playing and coaching at Rexall Place:
You know what? As a coach or a player, you just go into buildings and play or coach. Again, being from Viking, [we were] here for other events. [Reporter: Did you come up as a kid to see the rodeo and concerts and stuff like that?] Not to the rodeo. I’ve been here [for] the rodeo [during] the lockout for two or three of ‘em so far. I remember coming, and I think the Oilers were still in the WHA because I waited after to see Ross Perkins, because we’d known Ross. Ross is from Wainwright.

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.