Too Quick to Love
Lots of love for Kings rookie goaltender Jon Quick today on the internets… the first coming from the NHL itself:
Quick posted a 2-1-0 record with a 0.67 goals-against average, .958 save percentage and two shutouts in three games. He recorded his first NHL shutout by blocking 24 shots in a 3-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets Dec. 23, stopped 24 of 26 shots in a 2-1 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes Dec. 26 and recorded 26 saves in a 4-0 victory over the Coyotes Dec. 27. Selected by the Kings in the fourth round of the 2005 Entry Draft, Quick was recalled from AHL Manchester on Dec. 16 and has posted a 2-2-0 record with a 1.88 goals-against average, .933 save percentage and two shutouts in five appearances with the Kings this season.
And then the LA Times hockey sage Helene Elliot gets in on the Quick Love Fest:
“They’ve had some great goalies here in the past. I can’t let any factors that I can’t control affect me,” he said Sunday, his close-cropped brown hair still sweaty after a brisk practice at El Segundo.
“I’m just trying to do what I can and help the team win some games.”
The Kings had some great goalies here before? Goalies as in plural? I only count one goalie as the greatest Kings goalie of all time. And he shares his number with Quick.
And finally, Kings GM Dean Lombardi sat down and chatted with the Daily News’ Rich Hammond about the phenomenon known as Quick:
I still can’t get over the fact that the Kings goaltending coach is Bill Ranford and the assistant GM is Ron Hextall. It’s like having our own 1980′s Goalie All-Star Team behind the bench and in the front office. And check out this interview with Ron Hextall after he lost the Stanely Cup, but received the MVP award.
Yep, this man mentors our young players.
If Ranford and Hextall can bring any of their awesome mojo to the Kings young goalies, I’m all for it. Let’s not forget what Ranford did while he was in Edmonton.
As for right now, sure Jon Quick has looked strong the last few games… 2 shutouts in 3 games is nothing to sneeze at. But let’s remember… he’s looked the strongest against Columbus and Phoenix… not exactly the pride of the NHL. A true elite NHL goaltender gives you a chance against every team. Let’s see how he does against the rest of the NHL before he is anointed the savior. And it looks like Quick will get his shot to prove his stuff tonight… against the Columbus Blue Jackets?!?!
Did Columbus switch into the Pacific Division or something? Seems like the Kings are playing them every other game now.