The Kitchener Rangers make their first move of the off-season as they entered the trade market. The Rangers announced that they have acquired Jacob Ingham from the Mississauga Steelheads, in return the Steelheads received:
2nd round pick (WSR) in 2023
3rd round pick (OSH) in 2022
3rd round pick (KIT) in 2024
Conditional 6th round pick (KIT) in 2024
Barrie, Ontario born ’00 netminder Jacob Ingham was drafted in the 2nd round, 26th overall by Mississauga during the 2016 OHL Priority draft. Ingham played 31 games in his rookie season recording a 2.89 goals against average and a .907 saves percentage.
Jacob’s sophomore season in the Ontario Hockey League seen an increase in the workload for the 6’4″ goaltender. He played 43 games in 2017-2018 finishing the season with a 3.65 goals against average, adding a save percentage of .880.
During the off-season, Jacob was drafted in the 6th round, 175th overall by the Los Angeles Kings during the 2018 NHL entry draft. Once he returned to the Steelheads he would push his start total again. Jacob started 57 games between the pipes for the Mississauga Steelheads in 2018-19, his 3.41 goals-against average and .890 save percentage were terrific considering the ups and downs the Steelheads faced all season.
The Kings prospect has been excellent in his three seasons with the Steelheads, Jacob Ingham has been a staple in the net and lead the team through 3 consecutive seasons of playoff hockey, unfortunately, unable to reach the OHL Finals.
That doesn’t bother Kitchener Rangers GM Mike McKenzie who believes that Jacob has yet to play his best hockey. Mike McKenzie said via the official Rangers press release; “We feel his best hockey is still ahead of him and we look forward to seeing him continue his OHL career in a Rangers uniform.”
The Rangers welcome Jacob however, the crease is getting quite crowded in Kitchener as they now have three goaltenders on their roster. Will be interesting to see how the Rangers make room for the latest acquisition.