Los Angeles Kings: Explaining Jonathan Quick's Dominance

Gary LlewellinCorrespondent INovember 7, 2011

DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 27:  Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings at American Airlines Center on October 27, 2011 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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How long will Jonathan Quick remain the best goalie in the league no one has heard of?

Not much longer now. Quick has continued to put up rock solid numbers in goal for the LA.

After posting 39 wins in a breakout 2009-10 campaign, Quick has never looked back. He then went on to post 35 wins and six shutouts last season. With a shutout streak of three straight games to add to his resume this season, Quick has now entered the realm of the elite goaltender in the NHL.

The sheer fact no Kings fan will cringe every time an opposing player enters the defensive zone just goes to show the kind of prowess Quick has.

He’s as confident as they come and as athletic. His confidence instills a sense of calm in the players in front him. When players trust the goalie, it makes the whole process easier. The team just simply plays better.

It has its risks, but Quick’s athleticism has helped him make saves he has no business making.  

A shout-out should go to LA’s defensive strategy in front of Quick. Coach Terry Murray has not been able to get the team to score, or get them to play any kind of offense for that matter, but he has instilled a stingy defensive system to help Quick out.

A goalie standing at 6’1” and over 220 pounds, he covers a good chunk of the net. For a goalie his size, he’s got great mobility. His ability to move from side to side and kick out a puck is among the best in the league.

Don’t expect the dominance to fade any time soon. It may be early in his career yet, but Quick is already looking like one of the top goalies the organization’s ever had.