With training camp just around the corner, we are previewing each player on the LA Kings roster. Up next: Jacob Ingham!

Jacob Ingham

Birthdate: June 10, 2000

Birthplace: Barrie, Ontario, Canada

Height: 6’5

Weight: 205 lbs

Position: Goaltender

Catches: Left

Draft: 6th round, 175th overall, 2018 NHL Entry Draft

2022-2023 season

After playing in the rookie tournament in San Jose, Ingham missed all of the 2022-2023 season with an injury. With Pheonix Copley and Matthew Villalta between the pipes in Ontario to start the year, it’s safe to assume that Ingham would have started the year in the ECHL with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits. Considering how the goaltending situation in Ontario went down with Cal Petersen clearing waivers in December and getting most of the starts, I don’t think Ingham would’ve gotten any playing time in the AHL.

2023-2024 outlook

Ingham will be back in the organization for the 2023-2024 season after signing a one-year AHL contract. It’s unfortunate that Ingham missed all of last season with an injury because it essentially took away a year of his development. Not much has changed in the Kings’ goalie pipeline other than the additions of Erik Portillo and Hampton Slukynsky. However, with Portillo now at the top of the Kings’ goalie pipeline and probably starting the year in Ontario along with David Rittich, it’s safe to guess that Ingham may start the year in Greenville with the Swamp Rabbits.

If Ingham is starting the year in Greenville it isn’t a bad thing, either. He needs playing time and may not get that in Ontario if Portillo and Rittich are locks to share the net. Having him be the third-string netminder and sit in the press box is not helpful for his development. For at least the past three years, the Reign have always had a veteran goalie to compliment and mentor their young netminders. It seems that trend will continue with the Portillo-Rittich duo. The main focus for Ingham this year is to stay healthy, continue to develop, and make a name for himself in a very thin goaltending pipeline for the LA Kings. A call-up or injury to one of Rittich or Portillo, he should get his call-up to the Reign.

Featured image credit: Ontario Reign

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