Player evaluation: Quick - LA Kings Insider

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This season: 72 games, 39-24-7 record, 2.54 goals-against average, .907 save percentage.
The good: For the first time in recent memory, there was no question about the Kings’ No. 1 goalie, from the first day of training camp until the final game of the season. Quick set franchise single-season goalie records for games and wins. Quick was particularly important to the Kings in December and January, when he played well and offset injuries to some of the Kings’ top forwards. Quick’s competitiveness and mental strength are impressive attributes.
The bad: Quick had only an average start to the season and seemed worn down by the end — perhaps due to over-use — when he went winless in his last eight regular-season starts and then allowed 21 goals in six playoff games. Quick’s tendency to aggressively commit to shooters, and to get beat by high shots, got exposed at certain points of the season.
Going forward: Quick’s three-year contract extension kicks in this summer. It’s highly unlikely that he will approach 72 games next season, but Quick did show that he has the skill to be an NHL No. 1 goalie. Now, there are two questions. Can he elevate his game to another level, and be an elite goalie? And can he hold off a challenge from Jonathan Bernier?