The Los Angeles Kings organization and AHL Ontario Reign may have set themselves up for a superior goaltending duo with their latest signing.
Goaltender Lukas Parik signed a 1-year contract with the Reign. Parik is set to make his professional debut this upcoming season, and he may be playing with fellow Kings goaltending prospect Jacob Ingham.
Parik, 6-foot-4 and 185 pounds, is very agile for a goaltender his size. His quickness and cat-like reflexes place him at the top of the goaltending prospect list for Los Angeles.
His work ethic will come into play as the AHL is a step above the USHL, where he last played.
Parik, only 20 years old, played last season for the Dubuque Fighting Saints, going 15-8-4 with a .866 save % and a 3.35 goals-against-average. The big goaltender also represented the Czech Republic in the World Juniors this past season and posted a shutout against Russia in the preliminary round.
Lukas Parik was drafted in the 3rd round (87th overall) of the 2-019 NHL Entry Draft. The duo of Parik and Ingham, who was drafted 175th in the 6th round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft and came in at 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds, could be the biggest duo in the AHL between the pipes. Ingham got a taste of professional hockey this past season, going 1-0 in his only game with the Reign, posting a goals-against-average of 2.00 and a .944 save percentage.
This is a preview of what the future of the Kings will look like between the pipes. This is an interesting situation because if Ingham plays in Ontario, we do not know who the starter will be.
This move with Parik could also mean the Kings organization plans to lose a goaltender in the Seattle Kraken expansion draft.
Exciting times for these two netminders.
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