For years, some in the advanced hockey stats community fought the notion that Jonathan Quick was an elite goaltender, because his regular season numbers did not always match up to his playoff performances. But in 31 games this season, he’s looking like the all-world goalie that finished second in the Vezina Trophy voting and posted an absurd .946 postseason save percentage in 2011-12.
Quick has quality starts in 64.5 percent of his chances between the pipes, a rate comparable to his 2011-12 season (63.2 percent). He’s among the best goalies in the NHL with a .928 even-strength save percentage, and the star goalie is getting ample rest time with backup Darcy Kuemper playing well.
The Kings are currently the No. 1 penalty-kill team in the NHL, in large part because of his .920 shorthanded save percentage. Quick’s career high in that category is .906, and he hasn’t been above .900 since 2011-12.
Even with a drop off on the PK, the Kings’ franchise goalie is likely to maintain a high level of play. In seven full seasons with L.A., he’s produced a positive goals saved above average rate (per Hockey-Reference) in six of those seasons.
“He was competitive in everything. It could be a board game. It could be playing darts. It could be playing cards. It didn’t matter. But if it had a ball, he wanted to do it,” said Steve, who was a high school and college coach around Texas for 24 years, including 10 seasons as the head coach at his alma mater McMurry University.
Good coaching, starting with dad’s tips in the family backyards, was another success factor.
When Briles left for Baylor, Kevin Sumlin arrived at Houston for Keenum’s sophomore year. Dana Holgorsen, now the head coach at West Virginia, was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. After he departed, Kliff Kingsbury, currently the head coach at Texas Tech, took charge of the quarterbacks.
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