Jonathan Quick isn’t getting any younger, but his level of competition remains very high despite a few rough years, as evidenced by his start to the season with the New York Rangers.
Who would have thought that a little more than a month later, the 37-year-old veteran would be one of the best assistant goaltenders in the National Hockey League (NHL)? The American was able to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night and improve their record to 4-0-1 after a slow loss in regular time.
Above all, Quick sports a goals against average of 1.98 and an efficiency rate of .928; stats that are very close to his 2011-2012 performance, when he captured the Vezina Trophy.
Obviously, he will hardly be chosen as the best goalkeeper of Bettman’s car again, he who is now assistant to Igor Šesterkin. The Russian takes on a lot of responsibility at Rangers, which gives his teammate a flexible schedule.
However, this second Vezina Trophy winner is injured and has not played since November 2nd. Quick and Louis Domingue raised their game for the rankings and allowed the Blueshirts to stay atop the Metropolitan standings. Shesterkin’s return is now reportedly imminent.
“It’s funny. Doing it in a new environment is different, but I’m having a lot of fun. We have a great group of guys,” Quick said in the huddle after the 4-3 win over the Jackets.
A longtime member of the Los Angeles Kings, the Connecticut native stayed extremely close to home by signing a one-season contract with the Big Apple team. At the end of last season, he won the Stanley Cup with the Vegas Golden Knights.