Where Does Jonathan Quick Rank Among LA Kings’ All-Time Goaltender Greats?

It's only natural that when a team wins a Stanley Cup and a player wins a Conn Smythe that their name starts floating around in discussion of "Greatest of all time."

It's a tough conversation. Of the 40-year history of a franchise, how do you compare to the grandest and greatest? Well, even though in the greater scheme of things it was just one good season, Jonathan Quick is making a case, and he's doing it at age 26.

Maybe it has a little bit to do with just how limited the success has been in Los Angeles in terms of accolades. Perhaps it has to do with the very few truly great goaltenders the franchise has had. Either way there is one certainty; Jonathan Quick IS slowly creeping his way up the rankings.


By the numbers

First thing's first. When you're going to talk greatest of all time it has to start with the numbers. Yes maybe it's tough to talk numbers when comparing goaltenders of different eras, eras when defense, pads, and a whole mélange of things were significantly different. However, it has to start there and grow.

When you look at Jonathan Quick in terms of all-time franchise statistics so far, it's impressive. Granted, these numbers are over four seasons. Quick has a lot of games in front of him, a lot of bad games, and a lot of great games. However, if these numbers hold suit he can most certainly consider himself the greatest goaltender L.A. has ever seen.

Quick has played 249 games for the Kings, which ranks third all time behind early 90's hero Kelly Hrudey, with 360, and the legendary Rogie Vachon, with 389 games throughout the 70's. As you can see, Quick has a couple more seasons to go to surpass his superiors. 

Statistically, though, Quick is sitting amongst the top of all Kings goaltenders with a career .916 save percentage and a 2.30 goals against average. Again, he's played about 100 less games than both Hrudey and Vachon, but ...

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