I love finding an underrated player, one who is so very good, but lacks a large audience to play to. Good goaltenders tend to be on the rise of late, one of those young talented goalie is Jon Quick. Last night Jon won another game against a very good Flames team. He made 26 saves and allowed only one goal. This leaves him as 17-9-3 overall, tied for 2nd in total wins in the league.
The Kings are a very young team that is loaded with talent. Led by center Anze Kopitar and defensive man Drew Doughty, this team was built not only to win now, but to win for the next 5 years. Right now they are tied for third in the Western Conference for points. Sure their offensive firepower has been very good this year, but having Quick between the pipes allows them their first trust worthy backstop in years.
When you think of quality teams in the league, they all have one thing in common, a netminder that they can lean on to keep the game close. So far this season Quick is 17-9-3 with a 2.66 goals against average and a save percentage of 0.901. He is one of those sneaky good players, the kind you don’t even realize how good they are until your team can’t score on him.
If the Kings keep things one the same path they are currently on, they will be rolling into the playoffs. Quick has that ability to get hot for streaks at a time and if he is peaking during the playoffs, look out, he might just push the Kings to the Stanley Cup. As far as his hobby impact, there aren’t a lot of autographed cards of him. The ones that have sold on eBay of late are from the In The Game Between the Pipes set (pictured below) and none of them ran over a dollar. There are some game used cards of him out there as well, but none are up for auction, they all have a buy it now price. My guess is the patches should run about $5 and the patch autos should be around $10 – $15 depending on the number produced.
Will he become a superstar in this league? At only 23 and already his second season as a starter, I think you can be sure that he is here to stay. As far as whether he can take it to an elite level, odds are no, but I think he will have a productive career, and will always remain a fan favorite.