Entering the 2010-11 season, Kings fan worried that Jonathan Quick would suffer from a 2009-10 hangover where he made his mark in the Los Angeles net, guiding his team to their first playoff appearance in eight years. As great as Quick was that season, he was simply overworked as he played in 72 games and was burnt out when the playoffs began. Entering this past season, fans were wondering if Quick could follow up with another great season. Fans needn't have worried.
His 39-24-7 record in 2009-10 was a tough act to duplicate but despite beginning this past season sharing the load with Jonathan Bernier, Quick took off as he proved why he was the #1 guy in Los Angeles. Quick played in 61 games not only giving him enough rest for the playoffs but giving the rookie Bernier a chance to see some ice time.
In 2010-11, the UMass alum went 35-22-3 while recording six shutouts (two better than his total the season before), a 2.24 goals-against average, which was 30 points better and a .918 save-percentage, which was eleven points better than 2009-10.
The 25-year-old was drafted 72nd overall by the Kings back in 2005 and began his career in Los Angeles as part of a seemingly-neverending goaltending carousel in 2007-08. Quick did stick around the next season by playing in 44 games and making his mark with four shutouts along the way.
Since then, the native of Milford, Connecticut has been the staple in the Kings net, making him a lot more impressive than his name would indicate.
During this year's playoffs, along his team lost in the opening round for the second-straight year, Quick looked much more comfortable in net against San Jose than he did the previous year against Vancouver. During the regular season, though, despite a few bumps along the way, Quick was simply amazing. Of all the games I watched this past season, Quick made a plethora of saves that I thought were sure goals and he did it on a consistent basis, which makes it all the more impressive.
Almost immediately before they drafted Quick in 2005, the Los Angeles Kings used their previous pick (60th overall) to select a forward named T.J. Fast. From that, one would think that the Kings were just having fun drafting two players with "speedy" surnames consecutively. Whether it was for that reason or just merely a coincidence, no one can deny that the Los Angeles Kings really hit the jackpot with the latter.
Jonathan Quick has done nothing but impress the Kings organization and their fans over the last three years and his strong 2010-11 campaign has all the makings of crossing over to just-as, if not more, productive 2011-12.