January 2 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On whether he had a good New Year:
Good, yeah. Quiet. Normal.

On Dwight King’s evolution in his checking and defensive game:
Well, we called him up in 2012 not for his goal scoring ability. He played on a line with Jarret Stoll and Trevor Lewis, and it was a checking line that played in the last minute of games, and he’s been an excellent penalty killer his whole career. [Reporter: What does he do well on the penalty kill that sticks him out amongst a group that has traditionall been a very good penalty kill?] He has good hockey IQ, he can get his sticks in shooting lanes, take away and think ahead of the next play sort of thing. When he’s on, he’s blocking shots, getting pucks down the ice.

On how he’d assess Anze Kopitar’s line:
I’d like them to be better. They started the last game here against San Jose and had a really good shift. Kopi had the great chance. I think Burns caught it, and then they had a great start to the second period, also. So that’s what we’re looking for, is to build on shifts and sort of walk before they run. I’d like to see Kopi score, but he’s playing a really good game, and the other two guys have got a lot of work to do. [Reporter: I was just about to say – is Kopi just one of those guys where you know the numbers are going to come eventually?] Well, I hope they do. Put it this way: The last three games, I think we’ve played well as a team. If somebody scores a goal in there, whether it’s Kopi or someone else, we’re saying ‘we had three wins.’

On whether a day off Sunday was beneficial:
Yeah, we haven’t had many opportunities the last little bit, so one or two ‘til the All-Star Break now, so we’re good.

On Jonathan Quick’s progress:
I think his next appointment is – whenever you asked last time, he had an appointment right in there and I think I said it was a month ‘til his next appointment. And I said it was not ‘til next year, so it’s ‘this year’ now. Can’t give you much more than that.

On Tyler Toffoli’s progress:
He’s doing good. Hopefully we’ll get him back in skates here pretty quick. [Reporter: This week?] Hopefully.

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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.