The Blueshirts started the reigning Vezina trophy winner a career-high 58 times last season. As a result, the extra games harmed Shesterkin’s statistics. It increased his goals-against average and decreased his save percentage.
A pressing question for the upcoming season is determining the optimal number of games for Shesterkin to avoid fatigue and injury. That’s where Jonathan Quick comes in.
He will be tasked with alleviating the pressure off of Shesterkin when given the net. The better he plays, the more opportunities he’ll have.
However, Quick’s prime years are behind him, and despite securing a third Stanley Cup with the Vegas Golden Knights recently, he didn’t see any action on the ice throughout the postseason. He’s in New York to honor his childhood dream in the twilight of his career.
Last season, the Kings conceded 3.1 goals per game, ranking 16th in the NHL. Meanwhile, the Rangers allowed 2.63 goals per game, fourth in the league. They were also fourth in the least shots allowed per game(29.4), while the Kings ranked 15th(35.3).
Although Quick,37, may not have the agility needed to stop the top scorers of today, he can rely on the support of one of the league’s top defensive units. The Blueshirts entered training camp with a budding blueline depth chart that includes former Norris Trophy winner Adam Fox (24), K’Andre Miller (23), Ryan Lindgren (24), team captain Jacob Trouba (28), and now Erik Gustafsson (30).
Quick also brings championship pedigree to the locker room.
Barclay Goodrow was the only player on the Rangers roster with a Stanley Cup win as they began the 2022-23 season. However, General Manager Chris Drury addressed this by acquiring Patrick Kane and Vladimir Tarasenko, both former Stanley Cup champions on expiring contracts, at the trade deadline.
Despite these moves, the Blueshirts fell to the New Jersey Devils in the first round of the playoffs. Consequently, Drury brought in forward Nick Bonino, who’s won two cups, and Quick, who has three, raising the total number of championship wins on the team to seven.
The Rangers have players with experience who have yet to win a championship, and the young talents on the team require guidance. Bonino and Quick provide veteran leadership on and off the ice to the team’s overall goal of winning the Stanley Cup.