April 9 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On his reflections of a team that battled through challenges but did not make the playoffs:
We hung in there. I’ve said that lots. The bottom line is we didn’t score enough goals this year. I think we were, what were we, 25 goals off our last two years. Goal scoring, we just didn’t have enough in our lineup. You can say it – a lot of occasions. [Reporter: How do you change that next season, Darryl?] Well, I’m not really into next season yet. I mean, how do you change that? We lost a lot of goals out of our lineup last year. It’s not like we added a bunch. We put kids in our lineup, but they weren’t really looked on as goal scorers. There were a couple guys that didn’t work out, that’s for sure.

On whether he’s looking forward to next season, or whether it’s too soon to think of that:
We’ve got to get through our medicals with our guys and see where we’re at first, and go from there.

On whether he would’ve expected Derek Forbort to play 82 games at the outset of the season:
I think we had four or five guys who played 82 games. You want everybody who makes your team out of training camp to play 82 games, that’s for sure. He had a solid season. I don’t think it’s based on 82 games. He had a solid year. Guys who played with Drew, if you look at the last five or six years, we’ve had a lot of guys who played with Drew that look like they’re pretty good players.

On whether he thinks Jarome Iginla could play one more season:
You’d have to talk to Jarome. I’m thankful I got the month or so to work with him again.

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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.