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So… Which Jonathan Quick is the real one?

Aug 1, 2014, 6:03 PM EST

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If you asked fans to describe Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick in one word, you might wind up with a lot of different answers.

After winning two Stanley Cups and a Conn Smythe Trophy, some might call him a “winner.” After looking at his save percentage numbers the past two seasons, some might call him “overrated.” Others may see how he performed against the New York Rangers and say he’s “clutch.”

So is Quick one of the greats or is he just an average goalie that’s lucked out?

Last season, Quick’s numbers weren’t anything to go wild over.

His .915 save percentage didn’t put him in the top 20 amongst goalies in the NHL in the regular season. Backups Ben Scrivens (.931) and Martin Jones (.934) played strong while Quick was out with injuries and helped keep the Kings afloat in what was a brutal Pacific Division.

In the postseason, Quick’s play nearly cost the Kings in the first round against the San Jose Sharks. The potent Sharks offense plundered the Kings for 17 goals as they rushed out to a 3-0 series lead. Quick’s save percentage through those first three games was a paltry .851.

After that, things improved fast for the 28-year-old from Connecticut as he held the Sharks to four goals total in the final four games of the series as L.A. rallied to win in seven – good for a .963 save percentage.

In disposing of the Anaheim Ducks, Chicago Blackhawks, and Rangers in the next three rounds, he went full Spaghetti Western over the course of the three series. He was “good” against the Rangers with a .932, “bad” against the Ducks with a .915, and “ugly” against the ‘Hawks with a .889. Unsurprisingly, the series he was “good” in was the one that didn’t go seven games. It also clinched the Kings their second Stanley Cup in three seasons.

All told, his playoffs performance saw him skate away with another Stanley Cup while putting up a below-average save percentage of .911 through the full postseason. What’s not shocking? The fact that he doesn’t care about stats in the playoffs.

Compare that to his unbelievable 2011-12 season that may have been the best we’ll ever see out of him. A .929 regular season save percentage followed by a .946 in the postseason along with a Stanley Cup and  Conn Smythe is a tough thing to repeat. Throw in the fact he’s got nine years left on his 10-year, $58 million deal and wondering if he’s worth paying that much money until 2022-23 is an honest thing to do.

So just what kind of goalie is Quick?

Essentially he’s a wild card that has the benefit of having a great team surrounding him. If you ask the Rangers or Sharks about him, you might get an exasperated sigh built around missed chances and highlight-reel saves. Truth is, we may never seen him play as well as he did in 2011-12, but now he has the playoff résumé to do a lot of the talking for him.

  1. phxyotes - Aug 1, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Stats don’t matter, championships are what matter and in that respect the guy is a winner and I’d love it if he was on my team.

    • billiam55 - Aug 1, 2014 at 6:36 PM

      if he was on ur team, he wouldnt be winning a championship anytime soon. hence, for your sake, stats would matter. i respect Quick dont get me wrong. one of the top goalies out there.

    • maxrenau - Aug 2, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      Explain Dominik Hasek, according to you he must be a terriable goalie even though he is the greatest goalie ever to play in the NHL stat wise and only won one stanley cup

      • mainevent7567 - Aug 2, 2014 at 5:24 PM

        1) He won two stanley cups.
        2) 6 vezinas
        3) 2 hart trophies.

        I explained for you. don’t make stupid comparisons.

  2. areaman714 - Aug 1, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    I think 2012 was the anomaly/outlier year . . . I think the rest of his NHL years us what you get. Still pretty darn great.

  3. stakex - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Quick is a good goalie that has made a lot of big saves at the right moments. I mean the guy has two Cups and a Conn Smyth…. I wouldn’t care much about my stats either if I were him.

    With that said, is he one of the best goalies in the league on any given night? No, probably not. He has the advantage of having one of the best teams in the world in front of him, and that’s why his so-so stats were good enough to win the Cup this year. The vast majority of teams in the league wouldn’t get very far if their goalies put up numbers like those in the playoffs on any given year.

    • getadealdonealready - Aug 1, 2014 at 10:33 PM

      I agree with your points on Quick, but I’d say both Quick and the Kings seem to play their best hockey in the Spring of the year.

  4. gbatap - Aug 1, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    In the biggest games the guy comes to play. In the playoffs when they needed to lean on him he was their best player and even in the Olympics if it wasn’t for a ridiculous goal by Benn quick would have stole the show there too.

  5. sjsharks66 - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Quick is a good goaltender that gets hot when it matters. Not really overrated but also nothing special during the season.

  6. patthehockeyfan - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    While not mentioned in the article, the Kings won the Jennings Trophy this past season for allowing the fewest goals by a team (168, excluding shootout goals). Although Quick was injured during the season (missing 24 games), the Trophy was presented to him. Both Ben Scrivens and Martin Jones contributed to the team winning the award; yet, they didn’t play the required number of games to qualify (both played 19 games; the minimum to qualify is 25).

    Quick is all the things described in this story, playing great at times, good at other times, and, although it’s rare, he’s had bad games. (By the way, love the Spaghetti Western analogy!)

    Two Cups, a Conn Smyth, and a Jennings Trophy. As Ben Scrivens said (after being traded to the Oilers), the Kings’ goalies make the saves that they have to at the right time, and they give confidence to their team. Whether Quick’s numbers are or aren’t “anything to go wild over” (as the story says), he and the LA Kings have the right combination to win. I’ll take Quick over any other goalie in the NHL.

  7. nightfireop - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    the 2012 quick was non-human; plus he played like that with an injured back.

    the 2014 quick shows us [specially kings fans] that he needs a good team in front of him to play well.

    since quick somehow proves his critics wrong, i’m gonna go on reverse-psychology here to say “quick’s 2012 days are behind him.”

  8. ron05342 - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    In five games in the SCF, Quick allowed zero goals in the five 3rd periods, three “first” OTs, and two “second” OTs.

    Zero goals allowed in ten clutch periods of play.

    Let that sink in a bit.

  9. kingsfan93 - Aug 1, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    The real John Quick is the one that wins you two Stanley Cups already for the Kings…the guy with the #32 on his back in between the pipes.

  10. wutangwild - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    I’m surprised nobody has made a reference to The Real Slim Shady yet. Argue stats all you want, but he comes up big when it’s needed most and has 2 cups to prove it.

  11. mightbegoingtohellforthis - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    He has had to deal with injuries the last few seasons and still managed to win another cup.

  12. tross16 - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Is he winning them cups? Yes, he’s worth the money! If it ain’t broke don’t fix it baby role with this guy until they stop winning a cup every other year

  13. ludacrish05 - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    He just looks good out there and he’s aggressive and isn’t scared to piss people off. Love that guy, he’ll get 3 more cups

  14. 34defense2014 - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    Yeah, they said all the same things about Billy Smith! How’d that work out for him? 4 Cups? Not bad

  15. 34defense2014 - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    Yeah, people said all the same things about Billy Smith! How’d that work out for Billy boy? Four Cups, I would say it worked out,,,, well? Quick is CLUTCH with a capital C! Top Goalie in the NHL with out a doubt!

  16. 34defense2014 - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    I like the way he chops with his paddle!! Love it!!

    • nightfireop - Aug 2, 2014 at 1:32 AM

      huh?

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