November 18 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On recollections of Colin Fraser, given his retirement:
Well, I knew him quite a while before the seasons with the club, but probably the one that everybody should remember would be he was on the ice for the last shift when they won the Stanley Cup, and he was the first guy, I think, who jumped Jonathan Quick. He scored a big goal in that series, too, going into New Jersey – the goal on Brodeur from the slot. [Reporter: Just a total character guy. Actually, when did you first meet him?] Playing junior in Red Deer, and he’s actually related to Brent now, through marriage. He’s a winner. Multiple championships everywhere he’s played. He was on probably the most dominant world junior team ever with Jeff and Mike. … He’s a good man.

On whether Nick Shore is doing things to help the team win other than scoring:
The line’s got to produce for us, and they’ve got to be on the ice against other teams’ best lines. If you’re not scoring, you’ve got to check, and that covers the line. [Reporter: The numbers would say that he’s been very good at suppressing the other team’s shots, for however much value that’s put there. But how does that show up to you?] Basically, all that data and stats are based on who our opponent is and more on a game-to-game basis than anything else. I think he’s a good player. If we’re not talking about the line, just about Shoresy, then that third line centerman, he’s got to give you 13-to-15 quality minutes, and if you’re not involved in special teams, then that means even strength. A lot of that analytical stuff comes into even strength areas.

On whether he can pinpoint the turnaround from last year in the team’s road record:
Not really. Two years ago we were an excellent road team and an average home team, so that’s kind of where we are now again. Is there any reason for it? Every game’s different, your schedules are different. If you’re going on anything from last year, we played in Philly last year, just about a year to the day. We didn’t have Kopitar, we didn’t have Gaborik, we played with 11 forwards. We were short-staffed, so you can’t go on that. You can’t base it on much other than we won [last night]. And I said that last year, too. I don’t question effort or any of that stuff on the road. We just weren’t good enough. [Reporter: That’s right. Kopi missed three games, didn’t he? The first three games of that trip?] Gaborik, too.

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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.