November 2 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On the Blackhawks’ traditional success in integrating younger players:
Well, they have some great players, so that usually makes it easier for every team. It’s not like there’s a drop-off.

On what Jeff Carter has done to facilitate his line’s success this season:
Jeff’s a good player. I don’t know if you watched him last year or the year before. He had 30 goals and 60 points. He’s in the prime of his career. He’s been a pretty important part of our team for going on five years now.

On whether he’s seeing a “different level” with Tyler Toffoli:
No, I think he was really good last year until he got sick right around Christmas. Wasn’t feeling good, and then was diagnosed with mono and never really got his game back again. I think it was just an energy thing. He’s a good player. I think he’s our best right winger, that’s for sure. If it’s just based on goals, then yeah, I mean, you’re seeing that he’s up there in the league, but you’re basing it on the whole game that a player has to play to be successful. When they say a ‘200-foot game,’ well the biggest part of a 200-foot game now is the offense part, when you look at it. If guys aren’t scoring, they say because they’re not playing a 200-foot game. That means they’re not good enough going towards the other team’s net. 200 feet now is a given. Everybody plays it. He plays that whole game, and because he can score, it gets noticed.

On trying to find the right mix of wingers to play with Anze Kopitar:
We’ve moved him around lots. Kopi’s still going to play his minutes. He’s still a really good player. You know, it’s like when you asked about the start with Chicago, look at Jonathan’s wingers this year. It’s the very same as Kopi. It’s almost identical. You’ve got a top player, and you’re looking for some guys that’ll get to work with him. Very same.

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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.