This article will be another in my series of player profiles, where I review the season of every player on the Los Angeles Kings. This piece will focus on Jonathan Quick.
Overall, this was another below average season for Quick. He followed up his 2018-19 season, where he had a brutal .888 save percentage, with a 2019-20 which included a 16-22-4 record, .904 save percentage and 2.79 goals against average. Statistically, the last two seasons have been two of Quick’s three worst years in the NHL.
For as poor as Quick was at the beginning of the year, however, he was considerably better as the year went on. As I mentioned in a previous article, in 24 games from December onwards, Quick had a .920 save percentage.
His usage this year was quite a bit less than what we’ve seen from Quick in the past though. Where he was previously relied on for 60-65 games in a year, he was on pace to play less than 50 games for the second season in a row.
As Quick ages and Cal Petersen adjusts to playing in the NHL full-time, I think we can expect to see Quick’ role being reduced. He’s already 34 years old and isn’t likely to still be part of the team by the time the rebuild has concluded.
I think there’s a great chance that Quick ends up as Seattle’s pick in the expansion draft next year, so long as he bounces back to at least a degree next season. There probably won’t be many veteran starters available and similar to what Marc-Andre Fleury was able to do in Vegas, Quick could help to provide stability for what will likely be quite a young team. Until then, however, hopefully next season he’s able to pick up where he left off before this season was paused.
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Here’s today’s poll questions (results and discussion will be posted in a future article):
How many games do you think Jonathan Quick will play next season?