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5 Reasons Why Jonathan Quick Should Have Won The Conn Smythe Trophy

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Jonathan Quick Should Have Won Conn Smythe Trophy

Jonathan Quick 5 Reasons Why He Should Have Won Conn Smythe Trophy
USA Today Sports-Gary A. Vasquez

5. Anze Kopitar was quiet for his standards

Anze Kopitar Los Angeles Kings
USA Today Sports-Gary A. Vasquez

5. Anze Kopitar was quiet for his standards

Anze Kopitar Los Angeles Kings
USA Today Sports-Gary A. Vasquez

It's tough to say that the leading goal scorer in the playoffs was quiet, but in the Stanley Cup Final, Kopitar only had two points. While the Conn Smythe is awarded to the most valuable player in the playoffs, Kopitar was not at his best when the Kings needed him most.

4. Drew Doughty created offense but at an expense

Drew Doughty Los Angeles Kings
USA Today Sports-Gary A. Vasquez

4. Drew Doughty created offense but at an expense

Drew Doughty Los Angeles Kings
USA Today Sports-Gary A. Vasquez

Doughty was electrifying for Los Angeles, but his offensive mindset could have cost the Kings. He tried to be too cute at the blueline and Benoit Pouliot scored on a breakaway. Doughty is a star, but his reckless decision making may have bitten Los Angeles against a better opponent. Doughty was good but not great.

3. Marian Gaborik can score, but defensively he was below average

Marian Gaborik Los Angeles Kings
USA Today Sports-Richard Mackson

3. Marian Gaborik can score, but defensively he was below average

Marian Gaborik Los Angeles Kings
USA Today Sports-Richard Mackson

In one of the best trade deadline movies in recent history, Gaborik put the puck in the net more times than anyone in the playoffs. That right there makes him an easy candidate for the Conn Smythe. But, he was only a plus-six. Gaborik did not offer much defensively for the Kings, but put up two goals and an assist in five games. He played for a contract and a Cup and he will certainly be rewarded with some cash. But, the MVP was not his to win.

2. Justin Williams was clutch, but not completely consistent

Justin Williams Los Angeles Kings
USA Today Sports-Gary A. Vasquez

2. Justin Williams was clutch, but not completely consistent

Justin Williams Los Angeles Kings
USA Today Sports-Gary A. Vasquez

It's hard to argue against a player who averages over a point per game in the Final and scored five points in three Game 7s for the Kings in the playoffs. But, there were instances when Williams went cold. In LA's first three games against the Sharks he was held scoreless. Williams was there when the Kings needed him most but he was not the best player on his team. In early games of series, Williams was quiet.

1. Jonathan Quick made all the saves he needed and deserves the credit

Jonathan Quick Los Angeles Kings
USA Today Sports-Jerry Lai

1. Jonathan Quick made all the saves he needed and deserves the credit

Jonathan Quick Los Angeles Kings
USA Today Sports-Jerry Lai

Quick had a goals against average in the Final of 1.63 and a save percentage of .932. Besides the one hiccup of four goals in Game 2, which the Kings won, Quick did not allow more than two goals in a game. He posted a shutout in Game 3 and kept the Rangers at bay all series long. His rebound control did not let New York have many second chance opportunities. Quick struggled early, but was the constant for LA all playoffs long.

 

Tim Culverhouse is a Boston Bruins writer for RantSports.com. Like his Facebook page, follow him on Twitter and add him to your Google+ circle for more.