November 26 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On Alec Martinez’s production, and his all-around game:
I think he plays a lot of minutes and plays in a lot of good offensive situations for us. He’s probably our best defenseman in recognizing when he can get into the rush. He’s one of the better defensemen in the league, actually, when you look at that, in terms of not just being there, [but] in terms of creating something or getting a shot or creating a quality chance. [Reporter: Is it safe to say that ability to do that is now more and more becoming a important facet for a defenseman in the game right now?] Yeah, but our defense, when you look at it over the last few years … is a high-shot, high-scoring defense in the league for a team that’s looked on with the perception of not being a [high scoring team]. We’re just trying to get six or seven of ‘em.

On the club’s increased offensive production of late:
I know, I understand. We’ve scored three and four goals, but I also understand that when there was ‘something terribly wrong,’ sometimes you don’t score. That’s a fact. When you look at Chicago, twice on this long trip they’ve been shutout. If you don’t watch hockey, you’re going to say ‘well, they’re a high-scoring team.’ They got shutout twice on this trip, too.

On Kevin Gravel:
We’re just trying to get him to be more consistent, a more mature player on the ice. I’ve said it before, we’re playing two guys with very little NHL experience, and there’s hiccups, and we’re seeing it. What’s not allowed is lack of compete or lack of work, and he’s tried to be strong on both those.

On whether any decision on whether Marian Gaborik will play has been made:
No, we haven’t decided. First of all, I haven’t even talked to anybody upstairs, and I’m good any way. We’re putting two extra guys in warm-up tonight. I’m not really clear on it yet myself.

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

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.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

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.