November 12 morning skate quotes: John Stevens - LA Kings Insider

On whether tonight’s game is more likely to feature a return to tight checking physical hockey:
I think it’s more indicative in our division. They’re a different type of team, San Jose. They really kind of sweep the puck out of the zone with really aggressive slant, and they really want to forecheck. They’re able to make plays on the rush when plays are there, but they’re really a team that wants to get a puck in behind you and forecheck. Tampa Bay was much more of a rush attack-counterattack team, whereas San Jose is much more of a powerful forecheck team. It’s more indicative of our division.

On Brent Burns’ zero goals, and whether he sees anything different in his game:
I just think teams are a lot more aware of him now. When Boyle moved on and he took a lot of that responsibility. I mean, he was always a second unit power play guy. He spent years as a forward, went back on defense. I just think you couldn’t help but ignore the fact that he was a huge part of their offense, and I think teams have really tried to key in on him a little bit. He led the league in shots on goal last year. I think it was the last time since Ray Bourque to lead the league as a defensemen in shots on goal. Clearly, he’s not sneaking up on anybody anymore, but I still see a dangerous player that’s very involved in the rush and the offense. Great at getting pucks off the wall and to the net, so he’s still a big concern. His numbers, I wouldn’t put too much into it as a small sample size there. I think he’s a very dangerous player still.

On ways to reduce chances against:
Well, we just looked at our game yesterday, and there are some structural, key, fundamental parts of our game that need to be in place. It’s not rocket science – you can’t give up time and space in the middle of the ice. Your gaps with your defense have to be better, your backside pressure from your forwards has to be better, and your ability to clog the middle of the ice has to be better. I think that’s something that we did not do very well against Tampa.

On Oscar Fantenberg’s skill set:

The foundation of his game, I think with a new player, in order to get yourself on the ice, there has to be trust. In order to get trust, coaches have to feel that you can get the job done defensively. We think he’s got a good skill set. We think he moves the puck well, we think he shoots the puck extremely well, but his ability to get on the ice and play minutes is going to come from trust from the coaches and his ability to defend the other team, stop plays and defend the rush and be good down low in his own zone, but I clearly see a skill set that can contribute offensively, whether it’s on the power play or just getting pucks to the net, being a part of the rush. He shoots the puck very well. He doesn’t need to slap it, he can snap it, and I think for today, a defenseman, his ability to wrist the puck to the net as opposed to needing time to wind up and shoot the puck is a huge asset, and I think he has that.

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-Lead photo via Mark Blinch

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.