AXS Sports is in the process of profiling 25 Los Angeles Kings players prior to the 2018-19 National Hockey League regular season. In the 21st part of the series, it is time to profile Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick.
Selected in the third round, 72nd overall by the Kings in the 2005 National Hockey League Entry Draft, one could argue that Jonathan Quick is the best goaltender in the history of the Kings franchise. He is the all-time Kings leader in regular season games played (556), wins (293), shutouts (49), playoff games by a goaltender (85), wins (46) and shutouts (nine). Quick also holds the Kings single-season records for wins in a season (40) in 2015-16 and shutouts (10) in 2011-12. Quick's 10 shutouts in 2011-12 also led the NHL.
At 32 years of age, Quick is 6'1" and 220 pounds. He catches left. In 2017-18, Quick played 64 games and had a record of 33 wins, 28 regulation losses and three losses in extra time. Quick's goals against average was 2.40, his save percentage was .921 and he had five shutouts. In 2017-18, Quick won his second William M. Jennings Award presented to a goaltender who played a minimum of 25 games for the team that gave up the least goals in the NHL. The Kings achieved that mark in 2017-18 as they gave up only 203 goals, the least in the NHL by eight goals. The Nashville Predators gave up the second fewest goals in the NHL in 2017-18 as they only surrendered 211 goals.
A two-time Stanley Cup champion in 2012 and 2014, Quick also represented the Kings at the 2012 and 2016 NHL All-Star Game. In addition to winning two William M. Jennings awards in 2014 and 2018, Quick won the 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy for playoff most valuable player. A second team all-star with the Kings in 2011-12, one could argue that Quick is one of the best goaltenders in the history of the NHL to have never won the Vezina Trophy. Quick is also the only Kings player ever to win the best NHL player award at the ESPYs, an accomplishment he achieved in 2012. There is no doubt that Quick will once again be the number one goaltender for the Kings in 2018-19.