February 27 morning skate quotes: Jarret Stoll - LA Kings Insider

On what the team would like to replicate from its last performance against Detroit:
“I think just our puck movement, snapping the puck around, good support of each other…good five, six, eight foot pass to give support in moving the puck up the ice is really key instead of having the sloppy pass or the sloppy bobbled puck, and then you’re in one in your own zone. A team like Detroit, they can sense that. They can feel that. They’re smart at that. So we’ve got to make sure we’re sharp moving the puck, supporting each other, and when we do get the chances against Howard, bear down and put ‘em through the back of the net.”

REMINDER: tonight’s game begins at 7:00 pm, not 7:30 pm. More quotes after the jump.

On if it’s strange not seeing Simon Gagne in the dressing room:
“Yeah, it is. It’s obviously a tough choice there, a tough decision that had to be made. I wish him all the best in Philly. I talked to him last night, and he flew out late last night. I think he’s playing today. I think he’s with Philly already, so that’s great news. He wants to be in the lineup. He wants to play. He’s a good pro. He’s a competitive guy, and I just wish him all the best. It’s just sad not to have him in this locker room any more.”

On Gagne’s positive outlook despite missing time due to injury and not playing consistently:
“Yeah, he was a positive guy. He’s a good team guy. He’s a very good teammate, a very good guy to have in your locker room for our young guys, even for a guy my age. He’s a guy that has a lot of experience, has won a lot of different things throughout this career, throughout his playing time. There are a lot of positives about Simon Gagne.”

On a change of scenery being good for Gagne:
“Yeah, sometimes it is. The main thing is he wasn’t playing the last week and week and a half. If you’re a hockey player, you want to be playing. You don’t want to be practicing and being out of the lineup. Like I said, he’s playing tonight, so I’m sure he’s happy about that. I know he’s happy about that from talking to him last night. I just wish him all the best.”

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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.