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Q & A WITH COLTEN TEUBERT

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
The Kings grabbed Colten Teubert with the 13th overall selection in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

What are your thoughts on coming to the LA Kings?
I didn’t expect this right away here, but I’m excited. I’ve never been to Los Angeles, so it should be a cool experience.

Can you describe your style of play to Kings fans?
I’m a big D-man; punishing defenseman. I dominate the blueline, and physically I think I’m strong enough to play in the NHL.

Are you familiar with some of the Kings defensemen and players?
I played against Thomas Hickey of the Seattle Thunderbirds. I also played with him during the western series when we played against the Russians, so that was a good experience. I also played with Drew Doughty at the top prospects game.

You’re in an impressive mix of young defensemen for the Los Angeles Kings. Any thoughts on that, and where you see yourself down the road?
Defense wins championships. I think that we’re going to bring this core up. We’re young, but nowadays young teams are winning, like the Penguins. I think that gives us an opportunity to be a good team next year, and for the future.

What’s the last week been like for you? Any indication that the Kings were interested in you?
No, not really. I was surprised that they picked me actually; I thought they were going to go with Zach Boychuk because they got Doughty second overall. But it’s a blessing. I’ll be that safety valve for Doughty when he goes up, and he’ll complement me too.

What was last year like in Regina, working with that team, the young defense, and being able to step up and play with Nick Ross and other good, young guys?
Well, it was cold. I know going to Los Angeles it’s going to be a bit hotter. It was good. I love Nick Ross; we are really good friends and it was sad to see him traded. But we were trying to make a run for it, and we definitely did have a solid defense core. Going to Los Angeles, with a young core group of guys that they’ve drafted, it will be cool to see how it all works out.

How do you not get ahead of yourself, and just go out there and show them the reason why they picked you?
Go to the gym every day, and work out hard. I don’t think I’m the kind of guy to let things go to my head. I’m a mellow guy, but I play hard and that’s what I’m going to keep doing for the Kings.

Your coach last year called you and Nick Ross one of the most menacing pairs in the WHL. What exactly did you do to get that title, and how can you adapt that to the NHL?
Just putting fear into other forwards. Every time they come into our zone, they know they have to pay a price. Nick Ross was a hip-check guy, and I was a powerful guy in the corner. I learned how to hip-check from him, and he learned how to be more powerful in the corners. We definitely complemented each other a lot.

Intimidating forwards in the WHL is one thing, but it is different in the NHL. What are you going to do over the summer to prepare for that?

Workout five days a week. I’m going to be on the ice a lot, and I’m going to just prepare. I was a strong player in the WHL; I played at 185. I’ve already put on almost ten pounds this summer, and I’m playing at 193. It’s exciting and it’s going to be an honor to see my caliber against those types of players.

In Dion Phaneuf’s rookie year, he came in and stepped up against power forwards. Does that inspire you to step up against older players and make them pay the price?
Absolutely 100 per cent. It doesn’t matter how old you are. You can still hit when they have the puck. I think I can do that, it’s one of my skills, and I’m going to bring that to the Los Angeles Kings.

What do you think about Dion Phaneuf?
I like him a lot. He likes to battle. Personally, I think I fight more than he would. He will score 20 goals; I don’t know if I’ll score 20 goals, but I think I will be a solid all-around player. Physically he is a great player, and I look up to him a lot.

Transcribed by Ken Lancastle.

 

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