February 28 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On how Andrej Sekera adapted, given there was “a lot to throw at him”:
It’s a big adjustment coming into this conference. A player who’s never played in this conference, it’s not just step in and ‘away you go,’ and it doesn’t matter what position you are. It’s not easy. It’s a big difference obviously in not knowing personnel if you’re the player, and probably the style of play, and also for him would be the importance of games. [Reporter: Because he played in eight playoff games quite a few years ago with Buffalo.] He’s played zero meaningful games in the last how many years? [Reporter: Four or five.] Quite a few. Probably the more meaningful games would be international. It’s a big adjustment. How’d he play? It’s like you asked after the game. I mean, you want me to break it down? He was OK. [Reporter: At least when Reg came over from Buffalo, he had been in this conference for so many years with Calgary and had all that background.] Reg knew how to play. He knows how to play.

On Brayden McNabb’s first goal as a King:
Yeah, it was good to see. It was funny – it’s a play that we talk a lot about against Anaheim where there’s pretty much a layer of players in different colored jerseys, and you’ve got to get it through, If you don’t – he had another opportunity in the third period to do that and didn’t. Our defense did not do a very good job of that last night.

On whether McNabb’s 18 points are important:
Well, we’ve played him on the second power play unit…so you’d think he would get a goal once in a while. It’s hard to put guys on the power play who have zero goals. So he gets to go on in a while, you should produce. You should be getting two or three shots in a game. Our defense overall – I know we talk a lot of that with Voynov, and even though Drew’s goals are down, we’ve been a top-10 to top-12 goals-from-our-defense team for a team that’s not looked at as a high scoring team. So we need more of that. He’s got one goal. I’m not going to kick my heels over that one.

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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.