There really isn't much that needs to be said that hasn't already been said about him. From everything he's capable of, everything he's accomplished to what he means not only to the Los Angeles Kings but to their loyal fanbase, Jonathan Quick has done it all while donning the silver-and-black. 2013-14 proved to be no exception, although his team and his fans had to experience, for a short time, life without their star netminder - and while Ben Scrivens and Martin Jones took the reins in goal during that, Quick was just as formidable when he returned.
While his 27-17-4 record may not have screamed dominance this past season, Jonathan Quick certainly did everything he could despite getting very little offensive support in front of him. Limited to just 49 games due to a groin injury, Quick made the most of his ice time, earning a 2.07 goals-against average, a decent save percentage of .915 and six shutouts. In fact, combined with the efforts of the aforementioned Scrivens and Jones, the Los Angeles Kings claimed their first William Jennings Trophy in franchise history this past regular season for the team with the fewest goals against. All this despite the Kings scoring an average of 2.42 game, good enough for 26th overall.
In previous playoff years, fans have become used to seeing Jonathan Quick at his very best, sometimes even single-handedly winning games. 2014 was not that year. While good, Quick wasn't great - but he was sharp when he had to be.
Through the first three rounds of the playoffs, the Los Angeles Kings had to go the maximum, playing seven games in each of those rounds. En route, the 28-year-old was pulled twice. While the Kings scored a playoff-best 3.38 goals per game, they allowed 2.69 goals per, good enough for a tie for fifth with the Minnesota Wild.
Playing in all 26 games in the postseason, Quick went 16-10-2, posting a 2.58 GAA and a .911 save percentage with two shutouts to boot. In the end, Quick's efforts, while not as dominant as 2012, won him and his team a second Stanley Cup crown.
Just weeks after he guided the Kings to their second Cup in three years, it was revealed that Jonathan Quick underwent successful wrist surgery, repairing an ailment that had been bothering him at least for the entire postseason. While that alone shouldn't be an excuse for Quick's less-than-dominant play, it certainly does justify it to a large extent in addition to adding the netminder's legend of having the ability to play on the biggest stage at the most important time of the year despite not being at 100 per cent.
So, there you have it. Jonathan Quick's 2013-14 campaign that saw him being sidelined for approximately six weeks, playing without much goal support and going strong despite nursing a bad wrist. In the end, No. 32 once again became a champion - and that is something that has resonated with his team and his fans all summer long.
If fans of the Los Angeles Kings could dream of having one goaltender of any era for their team, they simply wouldn't have to. They already have him.
Overall grade for Jonathan Quick: A-