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by Alex Kinkopf / Los Angeles Kings

DRAFT KINGS

Drew Doughty was selected as an Alternate Captain for Team Foligno for the 2015 NHL All-Star Game. Doughty, along with Columbus' Nick Foligno and Chicago's Patrick Kane, selected their roster Friday night. Drew Doughty personally announced the team's decision when they drafted Anze Kopitar third-overall. Darryl Sutter, and his son Chris, will be behind the bench coaching the two Kings players.


Anze Kopitar, on his thoughts on Team Foligno's draft:

“I think Dewy, Nick, and Patrick did a pretty good job. We've got some snipers on the team, we’ve got some playmakers, so I think we’ll be in good shape.”

On the team’s draft strategy falling apart:

“Well yeah, but that’s to be expected. I think the guys pretty much picked their own buddies at first, and everything else was just a crapshoot. I think we’ve got a good team, obviously.”

On the draft gaining popularity:

"I just think it takes a few years for everybody to really get the grasp of it, I think it all went pretty well."

Drew Doughty, on the Kessel-Seguin trade:

“It sounded like a good idea with them being traded for each other in the past, it just sounded good, and there was a good reaction. I think it was a good thing to do, you know, to get Phil a little rattled.”

On if the draft experience fits a future career as a GM:

“I don’t think that’s for me, when I’m done I think I’m done. Foligno seemed like he was a pretty smart guy, I could see him doing something like that.”

On Alex Ovechkin stealing the show:

“I loved it. He’s a character, he’s not afraid to be who he is. I think that’s something other guys kind of look up to. He’s himself at all times, and I love that about him.”

On how special it was to see all of the players’ personalities:

“Yeah you’re not able to see that too often. All you get to see usually is the typical answers when they speak to reporters. You don’t get to see who a person actually is outside of the rink, so tonight as good.”

On the players’ camaraderie during the draft:

“I think that’s just the way it shook out. That’s the kind of thing hockey players do. When we’re around each other we like to have a lot of fun with one another, we’re not afraid to chirp one another and make fun of each other, that’s just the way it is. It’s fun, it wasn’t planned, it just happened.”

On if the All-Star Game is a good stage for young players like Gaudreau, Ekblad:

“Yea definitely. They’re going to be very good players in the league someday, not that they aren’t already, but they’re going to be top players on their teams and top players in the league. For them to come here and meet a lot of the veteran guys, to get comfortable with these kind of situations, I think it’s important for them and for the league as well to get there face out there.”

On if he wants to participate in the skills competition:

“I’m not really great at any skills. I was thinking of putting myself in the hardest shot contest, just because my shot would be so much softer than the other guys. That’s the only thing I can think of.”

On what Ryan Getzlaf meant with his “Price is Right” joke:

“Well, I know what it meant, but Getzy’s lucky I didn’t come out with some of the stuff I have on him.”



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