While Jonathan Quick and Cal Petersen are once again set to hold down the Kings NHL roster spots this season, lurking a bit below the surface is a question that’s yet to be answered — Which of the organization’s goaltending prospects will step forward to earn a ‘next in line’ moniker?
And that question just became a tad more complicated.
Few late night LA Kings notes…
— Expecting Byfield to miss the next couple of games (sick), could be back by the weekend
— Goalie Jacob Ingham likely sidelined about a month, more in the days ahead
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LA’s top goaltending prospect Jacob Ingham is set to have back surgery this week. The 22-year-old netminder participated in September’s NHL Rookie Faceoff in San Jose, yet wasn’t able to do much more during main Training Camp. The initial hope was that shutting him down for a short period of time, combined with rehabilitation efforts, would remedy the extreme discomfort he was experiencing. Unfortunately, surgery is now the prescribed recommendation.
Originally selected by the Kings at the 2018 NHL Draft, the 6-foot-5 Ingham was a top performer during his days in the OHL and eventually turned pro prior to the 2020-21 season. With North American leagues shutdown during the early part of that year, Ingham and a few other Kings prospects (Alex Turcotte, Akil Thomas, etc.) trained and played in Germany for about a month.
As a first-year pro, Ingham cut his teeth in the ECHL — a common occurrence for young goalies to maximize their playing time — to start out. He also had one game with the Ontario Reign that season, posting a win in Tucson. Last year, he again split time between both leagues, posting a 2-2-1 record in five games for Ontario, while also recording a 2.71 save percentage and .909 save percentage for ECHL Greenville.
Ingham is currently projected as the Kings top goaltending prospect, as detailed in the article below.
UPDATE: The surgery took place on Tuesday, in partnership with one of the country’s leading specialists in this area. It was said to be successful; with current recovery time believed to be about 5-6 months.
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