Los Angeles Kings Must Face the Fact That Jonathan Quick Is Not an Elite Goalie

February 11th, 2015 by Jonathan Willis Leave a reply »

Jonathan Quick is not an elite NHL goaltender.

There are many who would contend that he is, and with good reason. When we look back to the 2012 Stanley Cup win that elevated the Kings from nearly failed rebuild to perpetual contenders, Quick’s contribution is spectacular, even Herculean.

It’s easy to forget now, but that team nearly missed the playoffs; if not for Quick’s 10 shutouts and 0.929 save percentage it likely would have. He followed that up with a Conn Smythe win after a postseason performance that was so incredible it defied belief even at the time (16-4-0, 0.946 save percentage).

So there should be no question that Quick can dominate a game, a series, even an entire playoff run. And for some commentators (and doubtlessly some of the readers who comment on this article), that’s enough. It’s enough to know that Quick has the ability to carry a team on his back to the postseason and even to the Stanley Cup.

The problem is that while he has the power to carry a team, he also has the power to sink one, and that’s what we’ve seen recently. The Kings s ...

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