December 29 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On whether he is still affected by the way last week’s Kings-Flames game ended:
No. We’ve played since then. We’ve had Christmas. Had a great year.

On Drew Doughty being nominated as Canada’s top athlete, and whether he has attributes that are difficult to quantify:
I didn’t know, actually…until we were in Toronto a couple of weeks ago there that he was involved in that, until I was told. We don’t hear much about that. Drew’s a winner. He’s a champion. The bottom line is he wins championships and he shows up every night. Think about even just being nominated last year, he won a gold and a Stanley Cup. At his age – he just turned 25 a couple weeks ago – so at his age the best is yet to come, and hopefully he has a lot more championships in him on the international stage and the National League stage.

On how the Kings prepare for a “shifty” player like Johnny Gaudreau:
Yeah, we have players similar in terms of Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson. One player is not going to win you games other than once in a while a goaltender.

On Mark Giordano’s evolution:
First off, Mark Giordano was a good player right away. He was a player who was hurt as a 19-year-old, and I’m thinking as a 20-year-old too was probably largely why he went undrafted. That’s when those undrafted or unsigned guys were signing that entry level [contract] where it was how they worked. But it was a minimum salary thing, and Gio was good right away. If you look at it at the American League level how good he was right away, and then off his entry level he went to Russia for the one year, and he came back. He’s really, when you look at it, right from the very first time that he played regularly for the Flames, he was a top-four guy. He’s getting recognition now because of numbers, but Gio is the package. He’s a really good player. He’s a dominant player on their team. He’s their best player by a longshot. I know you’re talking about the kid and all that, but take Gio out, and you think what he’s done for T.J. too, in terms of making him a top one-two D in the league.

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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.