The answer is not Jonathan Quick. He has been the third-best goaltender on the Los Angeles Kings this season.
He is 10-5-0 this season, but with just so-so ratios: 2.35 goals-against average and .905 save percentage.
Ben Scrivens opened the season as the back-up. When Quick suffered his groin muscle injury, Scrivens moved into the starting role.
Overall he is 7-2-4 with a 1.56 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage.
Then Scrivens lost the starting job to rookie Martin Jones, who is 4-0-0 record with a 0.74 GAA and .974 save percentage.
That is quite a start to his NHL career.
“I try not to think about that too much,” Jones told the Los Angeles media. “Just make sure that I’m ready when I’m called upon. Just try and give these guys a chance to win, we have a great team here. It’s not like I’m getting called upon to steal games here. It’s give these guys a chance to win, a couple big saves here and there, and these guys are playing great.:
This sure beats playing in the AHL, right?
“Yeah, I’m trying to enjoy it as well,” he said. “I want to make sure I’m ready to play whenever I’m called upon, but try and enjoy it a little bit as well.”
Quick hopes to return by the end of the month so he can remain a candidate for Olympic competition. But he has been this team’s third-best goaltender.
Will coach Darryl Sutter ease him back into the competition? Will he keep riding the hot goaltender, even if that player is not named “Jonathan Quick”? Will the Kings try to move either Scrivens or Jones for another commodity?
These are pleasant dilemmas to wrestle with.