September 28 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On how he approaches the upcoming schedule after Tuesday’s game:
Well, we don’t have a lot of practice time until after the game. We’ll play one game in a week, or seven days after tomorrow. Obviously a lot of our guys played last night because it’s good for their conditioning, good to get into a regular season format-type situation. I think if you look at tomorrow and last night where you play on the road and then travel late and then come back home and play, we do it a lot. Actually we do it a lot after back-to-back road games – fly home and then play that next day. That’s part of your preparation for the regular season, is making sure that you get into that situation in the preseason. So a lot of guys will play again. That’s the only way I look at it.

On what stood out in Sunday’s preseason win:
I liked our game. I thought system-wise we were getting some good structure in our game, and I think work-wise we were fine. I liked the play of our – I don’t know if I’d call them – our “third and fourth lines,” I thought they had really good games for us. I think that after Greener and Muzz went down with the four defensemen, sometimes that’s the best way to have it, right? They just play their game, and they know they’re going to have to recover in a hurry, and they know they’re going back out there, so maybe we’ll just dress four defensemen tomorrow. It’ll be good for those guys.

On Christian Ehrhoff’s acclimation:
He has lots to learn. It’s still a big adjustment for him, but I think he’s a really good student and he’s a really good player. [Reporter: He was with you in San Jose, right?] No. He might’ve been there one camp. But I don’t know. There are so many new guys when I first went there that we were looking probably more at the veterans. I’ve said it lots – in my mind, I see him in a Canuck jersey. That’s how I see him, because he was on a really good team. Hey, he went to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. That’s how I see it. I see him on the power play with the Sedins and Edler. It’s almost like last night for me.

On the “options” he has at center beyond Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter:
Well, we need good options, and we need to match up in this division, if you look at it. I don’t want to get into names or specifics, but for sure there is a challenge. If Anaheim is the best division, then for sure there is a matchup there that goes a little deeper than Kesler and Getzlaf. [Reporter: Hoping to find somebody who can thrive with Dustin and probably Dwight there, also?] I’ve said it before, and you have Trevor that you can put in lots of different spots, but you need at least three other guys to say, based on their performance, ‘I can handle playing against this guy, I can handle playing against that guy, I can take faceoffs on the road when the other team gets the last change, I can be responsible in my own end, I can handle the big, physical part of the game that teams are playing, I can handle the speed of that team.’ We have young guys that want that opportunity. They have to do it in preseason.

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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.