One of the newest members of the Kings is goaltender Ben Scrivens. He and Matt Frattin were acquired from Toronto in the trade that sent Jonathan Bernier to the Maple Leafs.
Scrivens is the weakest link in goal by default, as just about any netminder on a team with Jonathan Quick would be.
Scrivens appeared in 20 games during the lockout-shortened 2013 season, compiling a 7-9 record. He finished with a .915 save percentage, 2.69 goals-against average and two shutouts. It was a noteworthy campaign for the 26-year-old, who seemed confident in goal and appeared to deal well with the pressures of playing in Toronto.
Scrivens made significant progress from first NHL season in 2012, where he appeared in 12 games going 4-5-2 with a .903 save percentage, 3.13 GAA and no shutouts.
Quick is well suited to play in over 60 games, meaning Scrivens shouldn’t see much game time. But, if Quick were to miss extensive time due to an injury, would Scrivens be good enough to keep the Kings alive?
He did jump in for James Reimer at times in Toronto, but never for a long period of time. In fact, Scrivens has just 32 games of NHL experience and has never played more than 39 games in an AHL season. On top of that, the Kings are heavily dependent on their goaltending, as they often have trouble scoring.
For the Kings to reach their ultimate goal, Quick will have to be playing consistently and at an elite level.