Doughty, Stoll, Quick cleared, but won't play tonight - LA Kings Insider

The steady drumbeat of encouraging news regarding several high profile Kings’ attempts to return from injuries continued on Sunday when Darryl Sutter confirmed that Drew Doughty (upper-body), Jarret Stoll (hip surgery) and Jonathan Quick (wrist surgery) have been cleared to play and are on the verge of returning to the lineup for the final slate of preseason games. None of the three are expected to play tonight.

Marian Gaborik, who has been held out of practice for the last two days with what was described as a maintenance issue that wasn’t serious, skated early Sunday. He won’t play against Anaheim, either.

Darryl Sutter, on Drew Doughty’s status:
He’s ready to go. He could’ve played today. Just a couple more days. He doesn’t need four games. Just two or three. [Reporter: How about Jarret?] He’s ready to go. Everybody that was [hurt] – obviously Cliffy’s been playing, he was cleared. And the other guys have been cleared, so hopefully we get through tonight all right. Gabby skated this morning, so we’ll just kind of go from there.

Sutter, on Jonathan Quick looking to get into a pair of preseason games:
You know what? I’ll talk to him tomorrow night. We’ll just see. He’s ready to go, too. He’s totally cleared.

Sutter, on the encouraging news:
I don’t want to talk about it, because we just want to get through the next 10 days. I’ve been down that. You’re literally one injury away from that, and if you look at it, the guys that we’re bringin back into the lineup, Jonathan’s missed a lot of games in the last three years, and Gabby’s missed a lot of games. Drew missed the end of the season last year. If we wouldn’t have been in a playoff position, he probably would’ve had to play hurt. Stolly’s injury – when you get your hip operated on, it’s a major injury. So we’ve been able to get through with guys like Greener, who missed most of the year last year because of injury, and the lockout year. So hopefully we just get through the next 10 days.

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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.