Kevin Quick
Holly Gunning/HF

Kevin Quick


Tonawanda New York

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3rd round (78th overall), 2006


175 lbs.

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2004-05: Quick was one of five sophomores and the lone 10th grade defenseman for Salisbury in the New England Prep School League. He scored 3 goals with 9 assists and was +19 in 27 games. Salisbury finished 23-3-1 and won the Flood-Marr Title.

2005-06: Quick played 28 games for Salisbury and scored 3 goals with 20 assists and 6 PIM. He played for Team USA’s U-17 team in Slovakia and helped the squad win a gold medal.

2006-07: Quick scored 1 goal with 10 assists and 5 PIM and was +26 in his final season at Salisbury.

2007-08: Quick played in 21 games as a freshman at the University of Michigan before being dismissed from the team by Coach Red Berenson in February. Quick scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was +8 with 12 PIM for a Wolverine team that was 22-3-1 at the time of his dismissal. Michigan subsequently won the CCHA regular season and playoff titles and advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four. Quick signed an amateur tryout contract with Tampa Bay’s AHL affiliate Norfolk and had 4 assists with 6 PIM and was -7 in 18 games. He signed an entry-level, three-year contract with the Lightning in June.

2008-09: Quick had a roller coaster ride of a season in his first full season of pro hockey. He began the season with ECHL Augusta but was promoted to Norfolk when the Lynx suspended operations after 18 games. Quick saw mostly limited ice time during his time with the Admirals but made his NHL debut with the Lightning in a pair of call-ups. Quick made his NHL debut in a January 13 game against San Jose and appeared in three more games before being returned to Norfolk. He was back with the Lightning in April and had his first NHL point, an assist, in a game against Atlanta on April 11. In six games with Tampa Bay, he finished with an even plus/minus. He was also even in 49 games with the Admirals, scoring 1 goal with 8 assists and 8 PIM. Quick finished the season with the Elmira Jackals in the ECHL playoffs and had 1 assist and was -7 in nine games. In 18 ECHL games with Augusta, he scored 2 goals with 4 assists and was -4 with 10 PIM.

2009-10: Quick got off to a slow start and was in then-Head Coach Darren Rumble’s doghouse for much of the first half of the season. He played a bit more under coaches Leigh Mendelson and Jim Johnson and showed flashes of his potential before suffering a season-ending ankle injury at the end of February. Quick finished with 4 assists and was +4 with 10 PIM in 47 games.

Talent Analysis

Quick is a smooth-skating, offensively-oriented playmaking defenseman but must be more consistent in the other facets of the game if he is to be effective. Quick is a gifted, highly-skilled athlete but has not yet channeled his abilities into becoming a consistent performer.


Quick enters the third year of his original entry-level contract this season and will need an impressive season - likely at the AHL level - if he is to be re-signed next spring. Due to his skating ability and offensive skill set, Quick will garner some attention from new GM Steve Yzerman and the Lightning hockey staff during training camp and in the exhibition games. Quick could benefit from the clean slate with the new management team. Due to his past transgressions and lack of production thus far, it is up to Quick to demonstrate the maturity and commitment necessary to reach the elite level that his talent suggests he can achieve.