Sean O’Donnell on Jonathan Quick and a Future Stanley Cup

Sean O’Donnell (photo by C. Ikiri)

Long time followers of MayorsManor – especially those who’ve listened to any of my radio interviews – know that when talking about Jonathan Quick, I often make mention of a passing comment Sean O’Donnell made to me in Las Vegas in the fall of 2009.

For proper context, it’s important to understand that the season before that conversation took place, Quick had split time between Manchester (AHL) and Los Angeles. And the year prior to that, he was in the ECHL. So, with only 47 games of big league experience, very little was still known about Quick.

Yet, O’Donnell told me that he saw big things in Quick’s future, including a Stanley Cup.

From talking to players over the years you develop the ability to cut through some of the rhetoric and fluff. Make no mistake about it, O’Donnell wasn’t pumping the tires of a teammate when he said it. In fact, he’s the one that brought up Quick.  With such praise coming from a well respected veteran (one with over 1000 games played, a former team captain, Stanley Cup winner, etc.), I took note.

Then, as if O’Donnell knew the script, Quick went on to win 39 games that year – setting the Kings’ single-season franchise record in the process. He went on to top that with a stellar season last year and a Vezina Trophy worthy campaign is underway at the moment.

So, when I had a chance to catch up with O’Donnell over the weekend, I just had to know… What did he see in Quick way back then?

“I think instinct,” O’Donnell began.  “It was something that, early on he technically didn’t seem to be – I don’t want to say ‘in the right spot’ – but, he scrambles, he’s very quick, he never gives up on a puck. He seems to know where the puck is going before it goes there. And that’s just something you can’t teach. He has some natural athletic ability. So, I just felt like if you look at what he does – along with Jonathan Bernier – I thought (the Kings) were set in goal for a long time. Quick has certainly held up his end of the bargain.”

These days, O’Donnell is nearing the end of his career. But, he still hasn’t given up the dream of finishing on a high note.

“The reality is, I’ve played in the league a long time. As much as my brain thinks that I can play 18-20 minutes every night, I can’t do it,” he said.

In the off-season he signed with Chicago Blackhawks and it’s been a good fit so far.

“I knew coming in that it was going to be more of a supporting role. I think I’m a good guy in the locker room. I think I’m a good guy with the young guys. And I think I’m a good guy that can fill in when you’re key guys are injured or maybe struggling a little bit, they can spot me in here and there.”

O’Donnell went on to share his opinions about Jeff Carter and Mike Richards. The three played together for the Flyers last season. Thus, he was able to provide some additional perspective on what went down in Philadelphia and if the Kings locker room is in trouble with Carter in it.  To see what he had to say, click here.

As for O’Donnell, he’s always been a good guy.

Not just in the room or with the rookies.

Good guy, period.

Note to webmasters/reporters: When recapping news or interviews from this site please include a link to www.MayorsManor.com

 

Recent Articles

2019 NHL Draft Preview: Dylan Cozens, WHL Center

The hockey season ended far too early for the LA Kings, and the five-week anticipation of the NHL Draft feels like forever.
However, with the league’s 31 member teams knee-deep in their due diligence, this remains a peak preparation period for next month’s big event. Top 2019 draft eligible prospects Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko are […]

2019 NHL Draft Preview: Arthur Kaliyev, OHL Forward

With the first round of this year’s NHL Draft just a smidge over five weeks away, our ongoing preview of the league’s annual prospect-palooza continues to pick up steam. In several recent radio interviews MayorsManor editor, John Hoven, has talked extensively about the Kings possibly trading down a few spots from their current No. 5 […]

REPLAY: Hoven Talks Kings Draft Plans, Kopitar, Quick on TSN Radio

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on TSN Radio, where he joined host Kevin Olszewski to discuss the LA Kings, Winnipeg Jets, Toronto Maple Leafs, San Jose Sharks and more. Among the Los Angeles related topics were: Todd McLellan’s new assistant coaches, Jonathan Quick’s future, Anze Kopitar and the Hall of Fame, as […]

Major News Items

Petersen Reacts to Being Named LA Kings No. 1 Prospect

It’s often been said that each player to make the NHL comes with his own unique story. And if you’re looking for something a little non-traditional, goaltender Cal Petersen certainly checks several boxes. Among the … [Read More...]

More Prospect News

Trackbacks

  1. […] Sean O’Donnell on why Jonathan Quick and the Stanley Cup […]