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Behind The Bench: Jonathan Quick

by on 09/16/2011

Vitals

Born: Milford, CT, USA
Birth date: January 21, 1986
Height: 6’1” (185 cm)
Weight: 212 lbs (96 kg)
Position: Goaltender
Catches: Left
NHL Draft: 72nd overall by the Los Angeles Kings in 2005
NHL Team: Los Angeles Kings
Jersey No.: #32
National Team: United States
NHL Contract: 12/13
Cap Hit: $1,800,000

History

Quick played NCAA hockey with the University of Massachusetts from 2005 to 2007. He spent the 2005-06 season as the backup and played in 17 games, recording a 2.98 GAA and a .920 Sv% . Quick performed as well as can be expected of him, especially with the young defensive core he had in front of him. The Los Angeles Kings, seeing the potential in Quick, drafted him 72nd overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. The following season Quick assumed the starting positing and emerged as one of the top goaltenders in the NCAA. In 37 games, Quick posted a 2.16 GAA and a .929 Sv% and helped led UMass to its first ever berth to the NCAA hockey tournament. Quick even led the team to a first round shutout upset over the No. 1 ranked Clarkson. The Kings signed Quick to a three-year entry level contract during the 2007 offseason.

The Kings assigned Quick to the Reading Royals of the ECHL during the 2007-08 season to further his development. The Kings believed it was better for Quick’s development that he play every night in the ECHL than play sporadically in the AHL. Quick had a solid season with the Royals, playing in 38 games, posting a 23-11-3 record, 1 SO, with a 2.79 GAA and .905 Sv%. Quick was also recalled to play in three starts for the Manchester Monarchs and started in his first NHL game, giving up 2 goals but earned his first NHL win.

Quick did not make the Kings lineup out of training camp for the 2008-09 season and was sent down to be the starter for the Monarchs. Quick only spent 14 games with the Monarchs as the Kings recalled him on December 16th. The previous night, Erik Ersberg suffered a groin injury. Quick proved to be indispensible to the Kings, as he played in 44 games for the Kings with a 21-18-2 record 4 SO and a 2.48 GAA and .914 Sv%. Quick replaced Erik Ersberg as the Kings starter.

During the 2009-10 season, Quick established himself as the Kings new number one goaltender. He played in 72 regular season games, going 39-24-7 with 4 SO, a 2.54 GAA and .907Sv%. Quick’s outstanding season helped the Kings return to the playoffs for the first time in 6 years. Unfortuantely, the Kings were eliminated in the first round by the Canucks, as Quick’s workhorse season caught up to him. Quick played 6 playoff games, going 2-4 with a 3.50 GAA and a .884 Sv%, considerably higher than his regular season statistics. Quick as also named the backup goaltender for Team USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

With the emergence of Jonathan Bernier, the Kings planned to reduce Quick’s workload to keep him fresh for the playoffs. Quick played 61 games during the season, going 35-22-3 and posted 6 shutouts with a 2.24 GAA and a .918 Sv%. He’s reduce workload slightly improved his stats. The Kings made the playoffs for the second season in a row but they were eliminated by the San Jose Sharks in 6 games. Quick played in 6 games, posting a 2-4 record with 1 SO, and a 3.16 GAA and .913 Sv%. Although, Quick and the Kings did not proceed past the first round, Quick’s post season stats are much better than they were the previous season, especially his Sv%.

Talent Analysis

Pros

  • Workhorse
  • Very confident
  • Durable
  • Mentally tough
  • Good size
  • Extremely competitive
  • Athletic
  • Moves laterally across the crease well
  • Solid positioning
  • Good glove hand
  • Plays high in the crease, likes to challenge shooters
  • Effective at covering the angles
  • Good rebound control
  • Plays well when team is trailing

Cons

  • Gives up bad goals that can deflate the team
  • Not effective when he starts to scramble in his crease
  • Struggles when playing with the lead
  • Typically has bad second periods

Future

The Kings currently have two goalies on their roster capable of being number one goaltenders in the league. The first is Jonathan Quick and the second is Jonathan Bernier. Until one of them is moved, expect both players to continue to battle for the number one spot.

Quick has the edge over Bernier for the number one spot because Quick has had more experience at the NHL level and has shown he can be a game changer for the Kings in net. Barring a complete meltdown by Quick or absolute dominance by Bernier, expect Quick to be the Kings number 1 until the trade deadline or the end of the 2012/12 season, where Quick will be traded away to let Bernier take over the number one job.

The Kings have very high expectations next season and if Quick has another disappointing playoffs, expect him to take a backseat to Bernier.

Quick could very well turn out to be Bernier’s backup once his contract expires but that’s unlikely as there are a few aging goaltenders in the league and general managers will want a proven goalie to back stop for their teams.

Expect Quick to be the Kings’ starter for the next two years and then be shipped out East, he could very well end up with the Islanders and play alongside brother-in-law, Matt Moulson.

NHL Highlights

  • Drafted 72nd overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft
  • 1st NHL Game – December 6th, 2007 vs. Buffalo Sabres (8-2 W)
  • 1st NHL Win – December 6th, 2007 vs. Buffalo Sabres (8-2 W)
  • 1st NHL Lost – December 12th, 2007 vs. Chicago Blackhawks (3-6 L)
  • 1st NHL OT Lost – February 14th, 2008 vs. Edmonton Oilers (2-3 OTL)
  • 1st NHL Shutout – December 23rd, 2008 Vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (3-0 W)

Career Highlights

  • 2006-07 UMASS team MVP
  • 2009-2010 Olympic Silver Medal

Career Stats

AHL: 33 GP, 17 W, 13 L, 2 OTL, 3 SO, 2.44 GAA, .912 Sv%
AHL Playoffs:
1 GP, 0 W, 1 L, 0 OTL, 0 SO, 1.02 GAA, .974 Sv%
ECHL: 38 GP, 23 W, 11 L, 3 OTL, 1 SO, 2.79 GAA, .905 Sv%
HE: 54 GP, 23 W, 22 L, 6 T, 3 SO, 2.40 GAA
Olympics:
0 GP
NHL:
180 GP, 96 W, 66 L, 12 OTL, 14 SO, 2.44 GAA, .912 Sv%
NHL Playoffs:
12 GP, 4 W, 8 L, 1 SO, 3.32 GAA, .900 Sv%

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