January 11 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On whether there has been increased competitiveness with two new players:
Yeah, and at the same time, they bring experience even though Luke is still only [the same age] as Drew, but they bring experience to your team at positions that we need it. That’s important. [Reporter: What have you liked from Luke so far?] I think he’s going to adjust easy. I think it’s a good fit with the four guys that are so mobile on our team. It’s a good fit with those guys. I mean, I’m not going to learn much in two games, where he’s going to play or how or those sorts of things. We’re trying to take advantage of his strengths and work with him on things that we think are more suited for our game. [Reporter: Is this a pretty easy system for a defenseman to move into, or is there an adjustment period that has to take place?] Yeah, I thinks it’s a big adjustment period.

On Milan Lucic:
I think he’s given us some size and he’s given us some leadership and he’s given us energy. He’s played with Carts and Kopi, but he certainly brings an element of nobody’s going to throw down with those guys. We’ve seen a little bit of that in the past where, quite honest, we haven’t had a player to play with either one of those guys that makes the other team take notice.

On Anze Kopitar’s line’s play against St. Louis:
They had three or four good forecheck shifts. Other than that, it was nothing special. I think the energy level of our team has been down, and that’s primarily related to your top guys and how they play.

On what has worked well in the first half of the season:
Three-on-three. I think we’re four or five points ahead of last year. Last year at this time the same question was being asked of what’s wrong. I don’t really think too much of it. We’ve got some players that are new to our team that are in and out of the lineup, and we’re trying to get them to play better so we can be a better team. Obviously the goaltending, that’s a change in position. That needs to be better. And the personnel on the back end, that needs to be better, and changing the personnel on the third and fourth lines, that needs to be better. It’s pretty easy to figure out, obviously. Supply and demand. They’ve got to supply it, and we’ve got to demand it. If they don’t, then don’t do either one. Just don’t play.

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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.