December 1 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On Christian Ehrhoff playing in a platoon-type situation:
It is. [Reporter: So have you seen anything from Christian Ehrhoff where you’d be inclined to make adjustments on that?] He had a strong game last game. We’ll evaluate it after the game.

On whether defensemen joining the Kings have an adjustment period:
No. [Reporter: Should be able to pick it up pretty easily?] Yeah. If you have the desire and the will to do it, it’s pretty easy. [Reporter: Same for a forward, or is there any more or less adjustment for a defenseman?] For a veteran, other than a change of conferences, there’s zero adjustment. If they have any hockey sense, literally in the systems part of it, it’s probably two or three feet [of a difference] or making contact in areas that we expect. Other than that, either you will or you won’t.

On Tanner Pearson skating to the left of Anze Kopitar and Marian Gaborik:
Tanner’s got good hockey sense. You know he’s going to help Kopi a lot in those situations that he probably wasn’t getting the help before. But I think at the same time, Tanner can also give you some size and some forecheck, and some net presence. [Reporter: Because you had been concerned about Kopi’s wingers earlier.] We still are. We still need production out of ‘em. Gabby at the end of the trip, the last two games of the trip, I thought played really well, and then he came home and played well, so we want him to sort of manifest that into some consistency.

On Ehrhoff’s adjustment:
He’s a veteran player that’s still got a good skill set, and it’s not any different than it was October 1. You’re looking for consistency, and you’re looking for guys who play to win and do it every night.

On Vancouver’s game in Anaheim on Monday:
Well, they play a skill, fast, work game, and I think Anaheim took it to ‘em early. You get the lead, whether it’s one goal or two goals, you get one goal back in there somewhere, or you give up goals at critical times, it’s hard on your team, and if you look at it, it’s no different in that game. They could’ve weathered the storm in the first period and come out down one. They gave up a late goal in that period, and they give up an early goal in the third period. There’s such momentum changes in games.

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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.