December 28 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On indications he receives when Drew Doughty is at the tip-top of his game:
It looks the same to me as it does to you every night when he plays half the game, plays every situation. [Reporter: So, is he different, then? Are there not as many fluctuations in his game than there would be with a different type of a player?] He’s a great player. These guys don’t have much ebb-and-flow in their game. They’re pretty consistent. That’s why they are.

On having earned points in three straight during the extended road trip:
We don’t play much different every game. I know it sounds repetitious, but we go play our game and then try and figure who the other team’s lineup is and try and figure out who ours is and go from there. We don’t put a whole lot of emphasis on other than being ourselves.

On not having Tyler Toffoli in the lineup:
We’ve played the whole trip without [a full assortment of players]. We’ve had guys get hurt every game and finish games and nobody knows about it. So now we announce that he’s not playing for a while, so it gives somebody else an opportunity and have guys that just move up a little bit in the lineup. When you look at it, we got Gaborik back, so hopefully he can get going for us. Brownie came back from injury, hopefully we can get Cliffy back from injury and just keep moving guys around. It’s not based on one player.

On whether he’d advocate doing away with morning skates:
It’s up to the players. If you were a hockey fan 30 years ago or 40 years ago there weren’t morning skates, but once track suits came out, we thought they were sexy, so we’d go to morning skates to wear our tracksuits. And then they came out with helmets, so guys started wearing their helmets. It doesn’t matter to me. It’s pretty much optional for us, but today’s optional, everybody skates. Tomorrow we’re in Edmonton, so we’ll see a few guys skate. It’s not that important. [Reporter: Did you like it when you played?] As I said, we didn’t normally have them. You’ve got to remember, it’s a little bit differnet now. You’re chartering and accommodating, all those things. So if you had a choice not to go to the rink, play the day of the game, I would say that would be my choice, also.

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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.