I haven't checked the stats or anything but who's actually doing better anyways between Anderson and Quick? We all know Quick has been playing a lot better and Anderson has come back to earth a bit, but now that I to think about it, Quick might even make it. Of course, assuming Thomas is still not having a good season.
Anderson has the better save % (.916 to .904) and shutouts (3 to 0) but Quick has the better GAA (2.58 to 2.68) and wins (20 to 16).
The difference is Quick is trending upwards and Anderson downwards. Anderson's stats were just so crazy for the first few weeks or so that it will take a while for his numbers to fall if he struggles.
With how inconsistent Quick was in the first two months, especially with the bad goals and zero shutouts, I'm actually pleasantly surprised by his numbers. They should only get better going forward as well IMO.
I agree, which wasn't the case the past few years, but I still think he's a lock because his ability to absolutely take over games. In short tournaments, that's a key ability, much like Antero Nittymaki did for Finland in 2006.
Especially with there being no doubt about Miller being the clear cut #1 going into the tournament, you might as well have a guy with that ability on the bench just in case. And then bring along a young guy like Quick for experience and preparation for the future.
I'll buy that. As long as Miller stays healthy, I really doubt anyone else is going to play.
The only thing Quick has going for him is his play of late as someone mentioned it is trending upwards. If he does make it this is why as he has been good lately. If you look over the course of the year thus far, he hasn't done much that others couldn't have done... We have afterall scored a lot of goals padding the win column for him...
I am just glad he is playing well now...
I realize he is still gonna work here. but as the #3 you get almost ALL the work. He would basically be a whipping boy. Whereas here, he would practice as much as TM deems necessary.
Not really. This is an Olympic team of all NHL established players. Olympic rosters don't have "whipping boys". NHL starting goaltenders don't compete for a chance to represent their country as a "whipping boy."
As others said, he'd be practicing and working just as hard here during the break as he would in Vancouver. Might as well give him the chance to see how Vezina winning goalies go through their day to day routines on both game days and practice days (Miller, imo, is the early front runner for the Vezina). Never in his career has Quick been behind a goalie of Miller or Thomas's quality.
1) if Quick makes the team, he won't play (as stated it'll be Miller)
2) I think the odds of Quick making the team are quite low. Miller and Thomas should be in. Meaning one spot is up for grabs and Craig Anderson has the insider track. Barring an injury to one of the top top two, Quick's essentially fighting for the last spot. And it's a spot most non-Kings fans will say he will lose.
It would be great for Quick to make this team. He would be either second or third on the depth chart, and basically get to travel with team USA and be completely excited by all there is in the Olympics. Even if he doesn't play, he is still an Olympian. That can't be a bad thing for a young guy like Quick.