October 1 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On Drew Doughty growing into the club’s leadership group:
Yeah, I think he’s to that point where he has to and wants to take more responsibility in it. Again, going back to Stolly and Willie [ed: I believe he’s referencing Justin Williams], Robyn, Mike, they were always part of that group, that leadership group that you’d always talk to [for] what we were doing and things like that. Now somebody else is going to step into that. Hey I think Drew, Lewie, obviously Jeff has been in it since he’s been here, Cliffy, they’re all part of it now. [Reporter: I just like seeing the A on his jersey. I know he’s done that in previous preseasons as well. Is that just higher expectations and continued growth?] No, those other guys all wore it at times when guys weren’t playing, and [inaudible]. [Reporter: He says he’s nicer to the officials now, too.] Hey, it’s not that hard to figure out. For our team to get back to being a playoff team again and taking that next step, those guys that have left, somebody else has to step up. It’s not a privilege or a rite of passage. You’re making your team better, if you’re capable of doing it. You don’t just anoint somebody. It’s to try and make your team better.

On whether he’s satisfied with the “kids’” performances in training camp:
I think they’ve all played fine, and when you get to the point where you’ve got to in some ways overlook it and say, ‘Let’s make sure that the guys, the big guys, are ready.’ There’s a point where you get past the evaluation. They’re either helping you, or they’re not. Training camp is clearly – the preseason, the first two games, they’re not that important. Getting guys some games is what you’re doing. But after that, it matters, because teams start putting more players in, coaches start putting some match-ups in. You’re paying attention to all your system detail, all that, all the way through. But then it becomes who can actually help you win, and who can’t. So, obviously I have kids, four or five guys who are left here that I have higher than some other guys. That’s clear. Clear based on ice time and performance. I really haven’t changed how I see our team from the start of training camp. I still see the same guys – same guys who were here last year fighting with some guys that are here now. It really hasn’t changed. Obviously with Muzzin, Greener banged up, it takes a little bit different look in the back, so you know what? We’ve given guys extra games or extra minutes and extra responsibility or special teams, or switching partners around, just because something’s got to work or something’s got to click.

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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.