December 15 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On Chris Chelios looking like he’s in playing shape:
I’m sure he’d tell you that, too.

On Drew Doughty’s absence from the morning skate:
It’s optional. I told them all to go, they bitched. I told them none of them had to go, so they all go.

On the Kings leading the league in faceoff percentage since Thanksgiving:
It probably goes game-by-game. What is it, 49-to-55 in the league? In school, that’s failing. It’s the worst stat in hockey. There’s nine different dots, nine different situations, three-on-three, four-on-four, four-on-five, five-on-four, lefty-versus-righty, righty-versus-lefty, forehand, backhand. So if you want to take something out of it, go ahead. It means absolutely nothing to me. It means based on the last game or good faceoff guys. We get some guys that win a lot and some guys that’ve never won. It takes ice time away from players, it gives players more ice time, some of it’s whether you dress or not. Lots goes into it. [Reporter: Do you break down that data in terms of faceoffs?] Absolutely. It’s critical, especially when you go out of conference – guys that you’re not familiar with with a lot of the players, so you break it down, look at it a lot. For example, the last game we played, who are their centermen, if it’s so important? [Reporter: O’Reilly.] [Reporter: Jack Eichel.] Just a question. If you’re going to ask that question, you should know, right? Okposo takes a lot of power play faceoffs. We’ve got guys that can’t beat Okposo. Got to have that figured out. [Reporter: I’ve noticed Wash does that with their wingers on the power play, too, just because they don’t want ‘em moving around too much.] There are guys over the years, hey, guys who can win in certain situations. A=If you look again, when you take a lot of faceoffs, power play, things like that. It’s how guys get on the power play, too. [Reporter: So the overall faceoff percentage does nothing for you?] It’s like the special teams ones, too. It’s the totals that matter, not the percentages. The percentages in those areas are from the dinosaur age.

On Alec Martinez having seen the Cup-clinching game at Joe Louis Arena with his father in 1997:
They probably have memories of not NHL memories. … I would bet Marty, those kids probably played here in some sort of tournaments.

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.