Already playing in his fourth season, New Jersey Devils‘ goaltender prospect Keith Kinkaid(1) has been somewhat quietly developing his game with AHL affiliate Albany Devils, where he’s continued to get better and kept the parent club’s vision intact of bringing him up slowly. He did get into one game in his sophomore campaign.
His team made the postseason for the first time in forever last year and even in a four game losing effort kept them in each game with a 2.26 GAA and .932 SV%.
The 6’2″ 190 lbs. net minder was originally signed to a 2-year entry level deal after a pair of dominating seasons with Union College and two campaigns in U.S. junior hockey, the 25-year old has been given qualifying offers twice to keep him in the system.
He started 2014/2015 on fire, posting a 4-0-2 record with a 1.95 GAA and .931 SV%.
Good enough for New Jersey to make the call officially dubbing him as back up net minder.
He was called into action immediately off the bench and accepted the loss on the one goal he had no chance of saving.
It’s almost a sure bet he’ll get his first NHL start in short order.
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