Strengths: Confidence and Focus
Jonathan Quick followed up his spectacular 2011-12 campaign in which he captured the Conn Smythe Trophy with a subpar performance in 2013. However, he began to improve toward the end of the season and by the playoffs, he was back to being the dominant goaltender the L.A. faithful had come to know.
The past two years have revealed Quick's greatest strength—his confidence in the crease—regardless of the situation. Even during a string of bad games or after a weak goal gets through, Quick maintains his focus and always appears poised to make the next save.
He is mobile in the crease, covers his angles well and has great rebound control. A hot start to the 2013-14 season could see Quick contend for the starting job for Team U.S.A. at the 2014 Olympics. And you can bet he will be his normal, quiet and composed self even on that grand stage.
Weakness: High Shots
For an athlete who's set to compete for a spot in the Olympics, it's awfully hard to point out a weakness. At 27 years old, Quick is still one of the NHL's best, despite his play last season.
That said, his one weakness may be high shots, specifically stick side, as he sometimes goes down early.
In 2012, Quick posted a 1.95 goals-against average and .929 save percentage. In 2013, those numbers were noticeably worse, as he posted a 2.45 GAA and save percentage of just .902. Some of his struggles can be attributed to shots that beat him high.