Having played last season for Brent Sutter at junior-level Red Deer (Alberta) of the Western Hockey League, Patrik Bartosak knows how to decipher Sutter speak. When Kings coach Darryl Sutter issued commands at the first day of training camp Thursday, Bartosak knew exactly what he was saying. Over the years, others have been hesitant to go first during a drill for fear of misunderstanding the low Sutter growl.
It’s one of many advantages Bartosak has in the opening days of his first NHL training camp. The 20-year-old from the Czech Republic probably won’t stick with the Kings when the regular season begins next month, but it won’t be because of a lack of skills. The Kings most likely will keep Jonathan Quick and Ben Scrivens as their top goalies, which means Bartosak will be headed elsewhere.
Bartosak showed off his skills during Monday’s rookie game against the Ducks’ rookies, stopping 25 of 26 shots in two periods of stellar play in net. “If I thought about it, I’d probably feel nervous,” Bartosak said when asked if he was jittery. “It’s a great experience.”
Of playing for Brent Sutter, Darryl’s brother, last season, Bartosak said: “Brent is a really good guy. He understands hockey. They don’t look the same, but they talk the same. They are very similar in a lot of ways. It was funny. When I was drafted, everyone said I was going from Sutter to Sutter.”