March 24 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On having lots of forwards at practice today:
It’s kind of the way it works in March. With that cap thing, you can’t be over 23 and you’ve got to be under the cap, and then after the deadline you can be under the cap and have 43. I don’t like talking about that stuff because I’m a big believer that I don’t know why if you’re under the cap you can’t have 30 guys with the way schedules are. I don’t understand that – why you couldn’t have five lines and eight D all the time. I don’t know if you’re under the cap why you couldn’t. It’s got to be an advantage to getting the best performance out of players and having young guys around when you want ‘em – things like that. It’s kind of what we have now. [Reporter: Having a guy like Brodzinski around, what are you hoping he gets out of it?] I’m excited for those two young guys – Kempe and him – just to see what they’ve got. It’s getting a little broad to start talking about roles or any of that stuff. You just want to try and get him a game here and there and just see where they’re at. It’s not easy putting a player like Jonny in because he’s a winger, and we’re playing two really young centermen and at least three young defensemen, so you’ve pretty much got to take somebody out to put him in. [Reporter: Brodzinski, I talked to him a little bit, and he said just being in the same room with Jarome Iginla was a big thing for him. I mean, that’s got to be somebody you’d hope leaves an impression on him, I would guess.] Well, I’ve got to think there’s 10 or 11 guys in here that have won Stanley Cups that he should keep his eye on. I really don’t know where he’s at in terms of performance or play, I couldn’t tell you. We’ll see.

On Adrian Kempe’s performance:
Up and down. 21. He should be well rested today.

On the skills Nick Shore provides “going forward,” once he returns from injury:
I think coming into the season we had no idea who our third, fourth, fifth centermen were. It was pretty obvious if we were healthy that Carter and Kopitar were our clear cut two, but after that we were just flippin’ ‘er in the air. It’s been a big turnover in our organization of NHL centermen in terms of what we felt was the best center ice in the division to go to two and not sure who the next three were. So what we expect out of Nick Shore was this year – it’s not ‘going forward.’ I don’t even know if he’s going to play this year. We’ve got to make the playoffs, probably, for him to play, so that’s a stretch. What do you expect out of him? Hey, go from a fifth or a four to try and be a three.

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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.