Jonathan Quick is definitely one of the greatest goalies who have ever played for the Los Angeles Kings. As a matter of fact, he leads all goalies in franchise history in games played, wins, and shutouts.
The 6’1″- 218 goalie has spent his entire ten-year NHL career with the Kings beginning with three games in 2007-08 season and continuing to this very day. So far in his career, he has played a total of 487 regular season games and has recorded 257 wins (including 43 shutouts), 165 losses and 52 overtime/shootout losses, along with a 2.26 goals against average and a .916 save percentage.
He also appeared in 81 playoff games and earned 46 wins, including nine shutouts. He helped the Kings win the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014.
So far in his career, he has been awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2012 as the most valuable player in the playoffs, followed by the William M. Jennings Trophy in 2014 for being the goaltender of the team who had the fewest goals scored against them during the regular season.
But as we all know, goaltenders rely greatly on their defensemen to help block shots, protect their net minder, deliver some hits, and even rack up a few points.
This is a list of the eight best and seven worst defensemen that Jonathan Quick had to play behind based on their quality of play beginning with the net minder’s first full NHL season with Los Angeles in 2008-09.
15. Best: Luke Schenn
Luke Schenn only played half of a season with the Los Angeles Kings, but it was a good one. In January 2016, Schenn was traded to the Kings and played the last 43 games of the regular season with them.
In those 43 games, the 6’2″-229 defenseman recorded 11 points (two goals, nine assists) and a +5 plus/minus rating. He then appeared in 5 playoff games with them and tallied two points.
He is certainly known to play a physical game and isn’t afraid to defend his teammates, having racked up 52 penalty minutes, including four majors. He also delivered a whopping 163 hits which ranked him first on the team with an average of almost four hits per game. And he blocked 66 shots.
14. Worst: Slava Voynov
Slava Voynov spent his entire four-year NHL career with the Los Angeles Kings from 2011-12 to 2014-15.
During that time, the 6 foot tall, 194-pound defenseman played a total of 190 regular season games and produced 81 points (18 goals, 63 assists), 72 penalty minutes and a +23 plus/minus rating. He also appeared in 64 playoff games and earned 25 points. He helped the Kings win the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014.
There’s no doubt that he was a talented player – able to produce points, a great plus/minus rating, great at delivering hits (159 hits), and not too bad at blocking shots (80). But unfortunately, his legal troubles ultimately ruined his NHL career.
He served jail time (along with probation) for domestic violence against his wife. He was also suspended indefinitely by his team. The Los Angeles Kings then terminated the final four years of his contract. He returned to Russia where he is currently playing for the SKA St. Petersburg in the KHL.
Although he is a talented defenseman, hockey players are role models. And with Voynov’s legal troubles – especially physical violence to his wife – he is in no way the definition of a sports hero. That doesn’t mention the tremendous stress and disappointment it would have caused the team to have to play without one of their best defensemen (and rearranging the defensive pairings in front of Jonathan Quick). And that, in my opinion, ranks him as one of the worst.
13. Best: Derek Forbort
Derek Forbort is currently in his second NHL season with the Los Angeles Kings which began with 14 games in 2015-16. As of this year, he is now a full-time player.
So far in his career, the 6’4″-216 defenseman has played 90 regular season games and tallied 18 points (three goals, 15 assists), 69 penalty minutes, and a +4 plus/minus rating. He has not appeared in any playoff games as of yet.
He’s not afraid to throw his large body around with a two-season total of 172 hits and 148 blocked shots. Currently this season he’s ranked second on the team in both hits (163) and blocked shots (141).
12. Worst: Paul LaDue
Paul LaDue is currently a rookie playing his first NHL season with the Los Angeles Kings. So far this season, the 6’2″-201 defenseman has played 17 regular season games and has five assists along with four penalty minutes.
For being over 6 feet tall and 200 pounds, he’s not much of a physical player, having delivered just 11 hits. He also isn’t much for stopping pucks with just 11 blocked shots. His average for both hits and blocked shots are 0.6 each per game.
He was drafted in 2012 and is just making his NHL debut now (2017). He is still considered a rookie and should hopefully get better with time. He has also spent part of this season in the American Hockey League with the Kings’ AHL affiliate team, the Ontario Reign, and has 18 points along with a -1 rating in 37 games with them.
11. Best: Rob Scuderi
Rob Scuderi played two separate stints with the Los Angeles Kings – the first time being from 2009 to 2013, and then he played a portion of the 2015-16 season with them.
During his time with the Kings, the 6’1″-216 defenseman recorded 53 points (four goals, 49 assists) and a +13 plus/minus rating in 306 regular season games with them. He also appeared in 55 playoff games with them and tallied six assists. He helped Los Angeles win the Stanley Cup in 2012.
Despite not being much a point producer, he did help out his goaltender with 446 blocked shots which averaged out to 1.5 blocked shot per game. During his five seasons with them, he led his team in blocked shots once and ranked second three times. He also delivered 238 hits. And he barely saw any time in the penalty box with just 59 PIM.
10. Worst: Jack Johnson
Jack Johnson spent the first six seasons of his NHL career with the Los Angeles Kings from 2006-07 to 2011-12.
Beginning with the 2008-09 season (Jonathan Quick’s first full NHL season), the 6’1″-226 Johnson played a total of 264 regular season games and produced 113 points (27 goals, 86 assists) and 162 penalty minutes. He also appeared in 12 playoff games and earned 12 points.
Although he was pretty decent on the score sheet, he’s less than impressive in every other category. Since the 2008-09 season, his -66 plus/minus rating ranks him as the worst among all Kings players. In fact, he had the worst plus/minus rating on the team in each of those four seasons. And he was only mediocre when it came to delivering hits (368) and blocking shots (354).
9. Best: Willie Mitchell
Willie Mitchell spent three seasons with the Los Angeles Kings between 2010 and 2014. During that time, the 6’3″-210 defenseman played a total of 209 regular season games with them and recorded 46 points (11 goals, 35 assists) along with a +38 plus/minus rating. He also tallied 123 penalty minutes, including 3 majors. He then appeared in 44 playoff games with them and tallied 9 points. He helped the Kings win the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014.
In those three seasons, he delivered 211 hits and blocked 352 shots. In fact, during the three seasons he spent with Los Angeles, he had the highest total amount of blocked shots on the team.
Mitchell was definitely a huge help to goaltender Jonathan Quick, especially at blocking shots. After his time with Los Angeles, he played two seasons with the Florida Panthers and served as their team captain.
8. Worst: Denis Gauthier
Denis Gauthier only played one season with the Los Angeles Kings in 2008-09, but what a bad season it was for him.
The 6’2″-220 pound defenseman played 65 regular season games with them and tallied 4 points (two goals, two assists). He had the second highest amount of penalty minutes among his team’s defensemen with 90 PIM including two majors.
He was, however, pretty decent at throwing his weight around with 182 hits (averaging 2.8 hits per game) and at blocking shots (104 blocked shots). But his high amount of penalty minutes surely didn’t help his goaltender or the rest of the team. And he was on the ice during several goals scored by their opponents which was proven by his unimpressive -11 plus/minus rating.
To top it all off, he was suspended twice just during his season with Los Angeles. What’s even more disappointing is the fact that both suspensions occurred in the same month – February 2009. He was definitely not the best player to have on the team.
7. Best: Jake Muzzin
Jake Muzzin has spent his entire six-year NHL career with the Los Angeles Kings beginning with the 2010-11 season and continuing to the present day.
So far in his career, the 6’3″-216 defenseman has played 366 regular season games and recorded 149 points (39 goals, 110 assists), 223 penalty minutes and a +7 plus/minus rating. He also appeared in 48 playoff games and produced 20 points. He helped the Kings win the Stanley Cup in 2014.
He’s not afraid to play a physical game with 794 hits which averages out to over two hits per game. He has also blocked a total of 459 shots in his career. And he has 807 shots on goal which is the second highest total among his team’s defenseman since the 2010-11 season.
Jake Muzzin can tally points, shoot the puck, throw his body around and block shots. He’s certainly an asset to have in front of Jonathan Quick.
6. Worst: Christian Ehrhoff
Christian Ehrhoff only spent less than one season with the Los Angeles Kings in 2015-16, but it was definitely a bad performance for him. During that time, the 6’2″-201 defenseman played a total of 40 regular season games with them and tallied 10 points (two goals, eight assists), along with 32 penalty minutes.
Although seven of his 10 points were recorded on the power play, that’s the only area in which he excelled. Despite playing just 40 games with the Kings, he still managed to have the worst plus/minus rating on the team with -10 (tied with two other players with the same rating).
And for being 6 feet 2 inches tall and 200 pounds, he didn’t play a very physical game with just 34 hits which averaged out to less than one per game. Not to mention his low amount of 28 blocked shots – also averaging out to not even one per game.
5. Best: Matt Greene
Matt Greene began his NHL career with the Edmonton Oilers but has been with the Los Angeles Kings from 2008 to the present day.
So far with the Kings, the 6’3-236 defenseman has played a total of 464 regular season games and tallied 67 points (16 goals, 51 assists), along with a +21 plus/minus rating. He also appeared in 61 playoff games and has 13 points. He helped the Kings win the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014.
Although he’s not much of a point producer, he does play a very physical game with a total of 1,349 hits which averages out to almost three hits per game. He’s also not afraid to drop his gloves with a whopping 458 penalty minutes, including 22 majors. And he’s great at blocking shots with 731 of them.
4. Worst: Jamie McBain
Jamie McBain spent two seasons with the Los Angeles Kings from 2014 to 2016.
During that time, the 6’1″-180 defenseman played 70 regular season games and recorded 18 points (five goals, 13 assists), 10 penalty minutes, and a +6 plus/minus rating. He also appeared in four playoff games, but didn’t earn any points.
In addition to not producing many points, he also didn’t play much of a physical game, having delivered just 41 hits, which averaged out to 0.6 hits per game. And he didn’t block many shots, having a total of 66 blocked shots and not even averaging one per game. He wasn’t much of an asset to have in front of goaltender Jonathan Quick.
3. Best: Alec Martinez
Alec Martinez has spent his entire eight-year NHL career thus far with the Los Angeles Kings beginning with the 2009-10 season and continuing to this very day.
So far with the Kings, the 6’1″-212 defenseman has played 413 regular season games and earned 144 points (47 goals, 97 assists), along with a +36 plus/minus rating. He also appeared in 60 playoff games and recorded 16 points. He helped Los Angeles win the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014.
So far in his career, he has delivered 640 hits and blocked 681 shots. He also doesn’t spend a lot of time in the penalty box, with just 124 penalty minutes in the last eight seasons, which averages out to just 18 seconds of PIM per game.
2. Worst: Peter Harrold
Peter Harrold spent the first five seasons of his NHL career with the Los Angeles Kings from 2006-07 to 2010-11.
Beginning with the 2008-09 season (Jonathan Quick’s first full NHL season), the 5’11″-180 defenseman played 127 regular season games and tallied 19 points (six goals, 13 assists), 40 penalty minutes, and a -12 plus/minus rating. He also appeared in two playoff games with them but didn’t earn any points.
In addition to not producing many points, he also wasn’t much of a physical player, having delivered just 63 hits which averaged out to just 0.5 hits per game. Harrold also wasn’t much help in front of the net for Quick, having blocked only 61 shots, averaging just 0.5 per game.
1. Best: Drew Doughty
Drew Doughty has spent his entire nine-year NHL career with the Los Angeles Kings from 2008-09 to the present day.
So far in his career, the 6’1″-195 point-producing defenseman has racked up 359 points (89 goals, 270 assists) in 682 regular season games. He also appeared in 81 playoff games with them and earned 51 points. He helped the Kings win the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014. He was then awarded the James Norris Memorial Trophy (best defenseman) in 2016.
Doughty is definitely an asset on the power play with almost half of his points being recorded while they’re on a man advantage. In fact, since the 2008-09 season, he is ranked second on the team in total power play points (160 points). He also has a total of 19 game-winning goals which ranks him fourth among his teammates and first among their defensemen.
As for his physical play, he has delivered 1,219 hits during his career, which averages out to almost two hits per game. He does have a pretty high amount of penalty minutes with 497. However, with all the time he spends in the penalty box, he still manages to have an impressive +64 plus/minus rating. He also has 849 blocked shots which averages out to 1.2 per game – not a great average, but he makes up for it in pretty much every other category.
Drew Doughty is definitely a great defenseman to have playing in front of Jonathan Quick.
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