January 8 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On Marian Gaborik’s energy on Thursday:
He’s been moving really good. We’re trying to get him off the walls and find open ice more, which allows him to use his ability more. He’s had a lot of good opportunities, and he’s getting shots. That’s a key for guys like that, because when they’re getting shots – and not just on goal, but attempts – that means that he’s involved in the game, and that’s the strength of his game.

On Jeff Carter’s return:
You know what? We used four lines, and I don’t even know what Carts ended up last night. Was he a 13, 14-minute guy? He hasn’t played – everyone says it was 26th, but he really hasn’t played since the 22nd of December, so you had to really manage it and watch it, so he was able to manage it. I think he did a good job of it, and when the goalie was out, I wanted him out there at some point because Kopi was running out of gas a little bit. Jeff made a really strong play in front of the net in terms of the physical part of it with the goalie out, and that’s a thing that I watch and appreciate.

On Luke Schenn’s presence in a late-game opportunity:
That’s one of the strengths of his game, is he’s sticking around the net, for sure, and he made a really good play at the end, too. It’s just one of his strengths. We’re going to use him in those situations. That’s what his job is, to kill penalties and be in those situations like that.

On Vincent Lecavalier’s play along the boards on Jake Muzzin’s goal:
I think we made a lot of good plays. Against a team like Toronto, they check like us. There’s five guys involved and in the work part of it all the time, and you have to be able to put guys on your back and make plays that are hard plays to make. Some guys will make ‘em, some guys won’t because there’s a little bit of courage involved in that. That’s always been a strength of Vinny, so it was good for him to do that.

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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.