October 7 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On his impressions of T-Mobile Arena:
It’s an impressive building. From the outside – we’d seen it last year when it was almost completed, but we didn’t see the front part, so now it is completed. It’s a very nice building. It looks like your sightlines, your lighting, obviously they’ll use this weekend as a real measuring stick, I think, of what they’ll have to do or adjust. It sure looks nice.

On Adrian Kempe’s preseason, and what he’d like to see from him this weekend:
I think it was addressed earlier in camp. He’s got a good skill set and is a fast player, a smart player. We’ve moved him around just because of Kopi’s absence, and one day in practice when Tanner’s suspension came down, so hopefully he has a good weekend. [Reporter: With his speed at center and wing, he’s a versatile player there – is there anything that you’ve seen at either one that’s different from either position?] Not really. He’s played a lot of center in Europe, and when he was drafted and came over here he was primarily used as a left winger. I think his adjustment last year and probably why he wasn’t used at center was just the big ice. I think the adjustment, the responsibilities, I think in Europe they’ll play more of a zone type, and here, if you do that, you’re in trouble. I think he’s in some ways flown under the radar here. I think that there are players that have been given credit or assumptions that he’s clearly outplayed them. [Reporter: What has he improved upon the most since, say, last year at this time?] You know, he’s just a year older. That’s all. Just straight maturity with him, and coming from a different type of game, with the hockey IQ that he has and the speed that he has, the only adjustment is experience. He’s adjusted to the ice. You can see that. He’s a fun player to watch.

On Rob Scuderi not skating with the group in Las Vegas:
Well, Scuds has had a tough camp. He’s only been in one game, and another game he was slotted in he was not healthy to go. Dean and him sat down either yesterday or the day before and went over it, so you can get more of that from him. We weren’t going to be able to get him into either one of these games, and he missed a game, so it’s been a tough camp for him. … I have way too much respect for Scuds … to even to get into any of that. I’d said it at the start of camp. I want all those guys to do well, and I want to give them every opportunity, and then when he got banged up, we haven’t been able to do it, and once we got into the last weekend, we’re still with a lot of defensemen.

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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.