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Doughty says Quick would win Vezina if he played in a different market

Apr 4, 2012, 11:44 AM EDT

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On numbers alone, Los Angeles’ Jonathan Quick is a legit candidate to win this year’s Vezina Trophy. He leads the NHL in shutouts (10) is second in goals-against average (1.89) and third in save percentage (.931) — yet when it comes to the actual Vezina conversation, most pundits have New York’s Henrik Lundqvist already writing his acceptance speech.

According to one of Quick’s teammates, that’s just not fair.

“If he’s in a different market, somewhere like Vancouver on anywhere on the East Coast, I think there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that he would get the Vezina,” Drew Doughty told LA Kings Insider. “I think he kind of gets punished for playing here, just because he doesn’t get that recognition.”

The West Coast issue comes up a lot during awards season, especially with the Vezina Trophy (which is voted on by the league’s general managers.) Given that Kings games don’t often start until 10pm ET, there’s an assumption most of the Eastern-based voters are fast asleep by the time Quick does his thing.

(PHT Aside: Interesting to note that of the last 20 Vezina winners, only three — Miikka Kiprusoff, Ed Belfour x2 — came from the Western Conference.)

Doughty, meanwhile, remained adamant that Quick deserves this year’s award.

“I don’t think there’s any way that any goalie has played better than him this year,” he explained. “[Quick] might not have the same amount of wins as some other goalies, but in a lot of those losses he had, he let up one goal and we didn’t get any.

“He definitely gets under-recognized, and if he doesn’t win the Vezina, I think it kind of got stolen from him.’’

  1. oside760 - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Quick is absolutely amazing and is by far the best goalie this year. If Quick doesn’t win the Vezina, I will strongly consider boycotting the sport of hockey

    • oside760 - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:23 PM

      the Kings offense was so sickeningly bad that for them to still be in first place at the point in the season, you HAVE TO give ALL the credit to Quick

    • sjshark714 - Apr 4, 2012 at 6:28 PM

      That is how I felt in 07-08 when Nabokov was the clear winner. More wins, more shutouts, better GAA than Brodeur. But Brodeur won because all the voters who don’t really care see a Brodeur or a Lundquist on the Ballot and give it to him. I played against Quick once when he was at Avon and he shut us out, and now I hate to see him against the sharks cause he’s ridiculous. But i’d still be Hank wins.

  2. googz18 - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    If LA wins the division one could make the argument that Quick could be a Hart candidate.

    • itsallniceonice - Apr 4, 2012 at 3:34 PM

      Been saying this for a while now. Assuming LA wins division, hell I’ll say even just the playoffs, he should easily be Hart candidate, and I think he should win. Without Quick LA would be nothing.

      That said Doughty is completely correct and he should win the Vezina but won’t. The idiots overlooking him because of his teams stifling defense should also toss Lundqvist out for the same reason.

  3. BSpeedman - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    But, Mike Richards said in his NHL 36 episode that LA is as big a hockey town as Philadelphia. Which one is it?

    • kitshky - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:49 PM

      It’s got nothing to do with whether its a large market, an established market, or even if they’ve got a huge fan base …which LA has all of the above … its about the mass concentration of voting media members on the East Coast.

      At the end of the day, it’s just a simple fact that a lot of Easterners arent watching West Coast games and if they do its PVR’d for highlights.

      Doughty’s spot on, if Quick played for a major Canadian market or a big Eastern market the talk of a goalie winning the Vezina and Hart in the same year would be deafening.

  4. highlander24 - Apr 4, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Regardless of who is voting and where they are watching the games from, it’s absolutely clear that the Kings wouldn’t be anywhere near where they were without Quick bailing them out time after time. If not the Vezina, he should AT LEAST be considered for MVP, just for that reason. He has been the single biggest difference maker on any team in the league. The numbers are right there to be seen above everyone else, with shutouts standing out the most. While there is definitely an east coast bias in the media, I do believe that the GMs vote on the Vezina, and Quick has been stellar against virtually every team around. He should get some hardware when it’s all said and done, but all of the individual ones would look very minuscule next to that big silver one. But hey, go get all of em Quicky. The offense just needs to keep scoring to make it easier for you to do so.

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