Originally posted on Obsessed With Sports  |  Last updated 6/7/12

Jon Quick is in full beast mode. He is leading the 8th seed Kings through the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Leading may not be the correct word. A word like juggernaut – as cliche as it sounds — comes to mind.

Quick showed glimpses of this last season. However, that wasn’t the first time I saw Quick’s potential.

Hockey East is the best collegiate hockey league. In fact, there are six Hockey East alumni in the Stanley Cup Finals alone. Clearly Quick has emerged as the one with the biggest impact on the series. Heck, Quick has changed the landscape of the league in 2012.

In 2007, Quick led the Massachusetts Minutemen to a victory in the Hockey East Tournament — the prize was a match-up with rival UNH. Their Quick led a gutless effort but Massachusetts fell short in double overtime. Quick recovered in the coming weeks. He led UMass to its first ever NCAA Tournament appearance that season. In the first NCAA Tournament game Quick shutout Clarkson University, stopping all 33 shots he faced.

Although UMass ended up losing in the NCAA’s, Quick was only a sophomore. We thought we had a goalie to ride for the next two seasons. Unfortunately for the fans in Amherst, Los Angeles was taking notice of Quick’s skills, too.

Quick was drafted in the 3rd round that spring by the Kings. Since taking over the net-minding duties full-time, Quick is 109 – 67 in a King’s uniform. That’s nearly a .620 winning percentage.

The Kings couldn’t close it out last night. The Kings will head back east to try to close out the Devils on Saturday night. Tun in. If you can find it on your local TV listing.

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