Los Angeles Kings: Three players who could be lost to an expansion draft

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Los Angeles Kings Jonathan Quick
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Jonathan Quick

Any of these players would be tough, from a nostalgia perspective, to lose in the expansion draft, but parting with Jonathan Quick could be one of the more difficult ones. He’s spent his entire career in Los Angeles after being taken with the third overall pick in 2005.

Quick was eased into the starting role from 2007 and 2009, taking over for Erik Ersberg (and Jason LaBarbera). During the 2009-2010 season, Quick logged a 2.54 GAA, and a .907 save percentage.

Getting some of the accolades out of the way, Quick is a three-time All-Star and two-time Stanley Cup winner. His best year, arguably, came during the 2011-2012 season when the 26-year-old Kings’ netminder posted an absurd 1.95 GAA, .929 save percentage, and a league-best ten shutouts.

He stood on his head for the Kings’ first Cup run, posting a 1.41 GAA with a .946 save percentage and three shutouts. For his efforts, Quick was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner. He wasn’t quite as dominant during the Kings’ second run in 2014, but he also saw a significant uptick in the number of shots on goal.

Consider this. During the first Stanley Cup run, Quick saw 538 shots on goals, saving 509 of them in 20 games. Two years later, he saw 774 shots on net, saving 705 of them in 26 games.

Quick got off to a rough start this year, logging a 4.55 GAA and .858 save percentage in October. His stat line was heavily skewed by the opening month; however, he performed significantly better from November and on. Now 34, Quick is under contract through the 2022-2023 season, and I would not be at all shocked if the Kings allow Calvin Petersen to prove himself more next year, in the event that Quick is selected by Seattle.

Petersen got off to a modest start, after taking over backup duties for Jack Campbell, posting a 3.02 GAA and a .913 save percentage in five February starts. However, before the shutdown in March, Petersen logged a 2.00 GAA, and .938 save percentage in three starts.