Every season since 2007, the Kings have had a goalie controversy on their hands in training camp, and this year is no different. But for the first time it does not involve 2006 first round draft pick Jonathan Bernier who left the position vacant upon his trade to Toronto this summer. Instead, this season, it's the back-up job that's up for grabs with former Kings goalie Mathieu Garon, in camp on a pro tryout, and newly-acquired Ben Scrivens fighting for the right to play behind Jonathan Quick.
This past Sunday night, with the job on the line, both potential back-ups got their chances to shine and make the first in-roads to taking over the gig Bernier left behind.
So how did they perform?
Well let's put it this way, after the Kings dropped both matches against the Dogs, I'm really looking forward to seeing what Martin Jones has to offer.
Scrivens got the call in the desert. He gave up 4 goals on 34 shots in a 4-2 loss. Just for reference's sake, the defense in front of him was composed of Ellerby, Muzzin, Martinez, Schultz, Deslauriers, and Campbell. Maybe with that group in front of him, we should be encouraged that he only gave up 4.
Garon took the crease at Staples. He gave up 5 goals on 21 shots, playing behind Greene, Doughty, Voynov, Regehr, Bodnarchuk, and Forbort.
Between them that's 9 goals against on a mere 55 shots. Yikes.
I know, I know, it's the preseason. But this is also the time when these guys are getting judged for jobs, and neither of them played well at all.
I don't know if Quickie gets his first chance to skate off some rust or if Martin Jones will get his chance tonight in Anaheim, but I certainly hope Jones will get in the crease soon. He may not perform any better than Garon or Scrivens, but after such abysmal work by the two veterans, I for one would like to see what Jones brings to the table after years of waiting for his chance behind Bernier.
And if he's not any better, well at least we know Jonathan Quick likes to get a lot of work because it's possible that for the first time in about five years, the Kings' goaltending depth might not be too solid beyond the starter.