April 4 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On Alec Martinez’s status:
You’re going to get nothing from the coaching staff for the rest of the year until September about the status regarding players. It’s not a good idea for coaches to relay messages through the media to the other team. [Reporter: If he weren’t to play, what confidence do you have in Jamie McBain after not playing for so long?] He’s played really well for us this year, and we’ve used 11 or 12 defensemen, and very seldom do you make the playoffs or go play after the tulips are up without using that many.

On newcomers Nic Dowd and Kevin Gravel:
They’ve been in the organization for two years. They won a Calder Cup last year. They’re both here to watch and learn. It’s an advantage you have after the deadline if you have salary cap room to see if players can put their foot on the right pedal at this level.

On what makes Jamie McBain effective after missing long stretches:
We haven’t done that yet this year, so I don’t know. I don’t know how many games since he’s played, but I wouldn’t think it had been that stretch before.

On the team’s recent play:
Yeah, I think we’ve had a little bit of trouble on the road after we clinched. I think we had, where was it, the Dallas-Chicago back-to-back where we had high-scoring games that we won, and then since then on the road we haven’t played as well as we would’ve liked, but you know what? At the same time, our goals were to make the playoffs as quick as you could – [and] only Washington did it ahead of us – and finish in the top-five in goals against, and we’re going to do that. So that was our goal coming into the season. We’ve done that.

On the challenge of finishing first in the division:
I think if you make the playoffs as quick as you can, you know what? I can remember all the times I’ve won divisions, but I can’t remember what years they were. I can remember other years where you play in finals and play in conference finals and win cups way more than that. When you’re trying to get to the playoffs as quick as you can, then that always gives you a chance at a division title, and that’s the same. It is.

On whether he wants to have regularity in lines in advance of the playoffs:
I would think that the schedule, the injuries, all that comes into it so much. There’s very little continuity in anybody’s lineups. If you look at ours the last two or three weeks, we’ve had a lot of different players and a lot of different lineups.

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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.