The Players’ Tribune published a piece written by goaltender Jonathan Quick
on Wednesday, presenting a first-hand look inside the head of one of the league’s most dynamic netminders.
An excerpt from Quick's exposition:
“It always bothers me when people use this to discredit an amazing glove save, because I feel like it means that people don’t understand the beauty of my position. In the NHL, 90 percent of the save happens before the player shoots the puck. As a goalie, if you’re relying on your reaction time to make saves, you’re going to get yanked in a hurry. Keeping pucks out of the net is mostly about intuition and geometry. You’re watching the puck carrier and processing all of the guy’s options on the ice, plus you’re looking at his feet, hands and body positioning. Is he shooting? High or low? Where’s his passing lane? What’s the play here?”
Quick’s literary work, titled “Elite Snipers 101”, breaks down his experiences defending some of the most skilled, prolific scorers in the NHL.
The Kings’ goaltender shows utmost respect for the players that can cause him the most frustration on the ice, breaking down the challenges of facing natural goal-scorers such as Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Pavel Datsyuk, Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin, Jonathan Toews, and Patrick Kane.
"[Sidney Crosby has] the best backhand shot in the league. I think it might’ve been my first or second year as a pro, and he scored on me from like the hash mark on the wall. Not with a forehand. With a backhand … that beat me far corner. That’s pretty much unheard of. You should stop that 100 out of 100, but he got it off so quick and the puck came in so hot that I didn’t even know it was in the net until his hands were in the air. It was ridiculous.”
You can read Jonathan Quick’s full article on The Players’ Tribune HERE