Jacob Ingham – Goalie – 22 years old – Restricted Free Agent
Jacob Ingham was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft in the sixth round with the 175th overall pick. He signed his entry-level contract on April 18, 2020, for three years and a value of $2,550,000.
Ingham is a 6-foot-4, left-catching goaltender that has yet to see the NHL ice. But, he could continue to develop into an NHL-level goaltender, especially with the goalie situation that the Los Angeles Kings are currently in. He didn’t play a whole lot of games last season because he was injured.
He suffered a back injury late last year and underwent surgery in October 2022. He was expected to miss 5-6 months to recover from it. Meaning that the time he did spend on the ice was for the Kings’ ECHL affiliate, Greenville Swamp Rabbits. He played in 16 games last season and recorded a .909 save percentage.
Not a bad showing for a sixth-round pick, but his performance at the AHL level was not as impressive. In five games with the Reign, he recorded a .861 save percentage. But, with the uncertainties in the Kings’ crease, Ingham could see more playing time at the AHL level because Matt Villalta and David Hrenak are also restricted free agents.
Although there are a lot of things that still need to fall into place before that happens, it will be interesting to see how Jacob Ingham falls into the mix for the Los Angeles Kings organization. There will be more restricted free agents coming soon.
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