The people — you — have spoken, and not surprisingly, Jonathan Quick is the overwhelming choice for first-half MVP of the Kings. Quick has a league-leading six shutouts, a 1.95 goals against average and a .933 save percentage. The latter two stats rank him fourth among goalies who have played at least 20 games this season. Quick finished a laughable 11th among goalies in All-Star fan balloting, and if he’s not selected to the All-Star Game, the entire process will have been a farce. The game will be played Jan. 29 in Ottawa. Not only is Quick putting up good numbers, he’s doing so under the pressure of playing behind the worst-scoring team in the NHL. After practice today, Darryl Sutter was asked how much he knew about Quick, prior to Sutter’s arrival in Los Angeles.
SUTTER: “Just based on stats. He’s a really good athlete and he’s a really good competitor. As a goalie, he has really good leadership skills. With a lot of goalies, it’s their position and then it’s (the rest of) the team. With him, you always got the read on him that he was a big part of the identity, maybe the main part, the major player in that. He doesn’t get enough credit. It’s normal for cities like this to jump on the star wagon, the flash-and-dash stuff. He doesn’t get enough credit, and he’s clearly, clearly the team’s best player.’’