First, there was Rogie Vachon. Then came Kelly Hrudey, followed by Jonathan Quick. The time is now for Cal Petersen and his suitor may have just signed in the form of Jacob Ingham.
Although Petersen is the goaltending future now, Ingham sits as the next goaltending prodigy in Los Angeles.
Ingham signed a 3-year entry-level contract on April 19, 2020, and is now officially a professional and part of the Los Angeles Kings future. Perhaps the best goaltending prospect in the Kings pipeline Ingham has proven he can play the game and he rightfully earned this contract.
Ingham, the 2018 draftee in the 6th round and #175 overall, is one of the bigger goaltending prospects at 6’4” and 190 lbs. Ingham will spend the upcoming season with either AHL Ontario Reign or his OHL team, the Kitchener Rangers.
His overall junior record, split between the Kitchener Rangers and OHL Mississauga Steelheads, thus far is very impressive 93-61-9 in 177 games.
This season he recorded 33 wins, 8 losses, 4 ties, 2 shutouts, and a .917 save % with Kitchener.
Ingham has a really bright future ahead of him, whether it be with Kitchener or Ontario, and will make his presence felt with his play. A very flexible and athletic goalie with a high compete level, Ingham is never out of place and always has his eyes on the puck.
He is arguably the Kings’ third goalie on the depth chart and should battle for a full-time position with the Kings in the not too distant future. He does have #1 goaltender potential but would be just as good in a backup role.
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