Birthdate: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, Connecticut
Country: United States
Weight: 215 lbs
Drafted: 3rd round, 72nd overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft
After three seasons averaging a .897 save percentage, Jonathan Quick came into last season with the expectation that he would pass the baton to the recently signed Calvin Petersen. However, the two-time Stanley Cup champion found the fountain of youth and posted his best season since the 2017-18 campaign.
In 46 starts, Quick went 23-13-9 with a 2.59 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage. He effectively snatched the starters’ role by the end of the season and led the Kings to their first playoff berth in four years.
Among goaltenders with at least 20 games played, Quick was 7th in the NHL in Goals Saved Above Expected (per MoneyPuck.com). In a season littered with injuries to key players, and an inconsistent heir apparent, Quick’s stability couldn’t have come at a better time.
Quick also flashed some of his playoff excellence in the first round against the Edmonton Oilers:
If I were Jonathan Quick, I’d be getting really tired of hearing people like me talk about my age. But, let’s face it, the Milford native will be 37 years old in January, and at some point, Father Time catches us all.
Quick is also entering the final year of his contract with the LA Kings. A season after Dustin Brown bid adieu, Kings fans may see another legend decide to hang up the skates. Whether or not he decides to keep playing and whether or not that’s in Los Angeles remains to be seen. A lot could depend on which Quick we get in the 2022-23 campaign. Will it be the top-10 in Goals Saved Above Expected we saw last season? Or the sub-.900 save percentage from the three seasons prior?
Here’s hoping for one more big season from Quick. Especially if it is his last.
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