As you’ve likely seen by now, the New Jersey Devils organization has signed former Union Dutchmen goaltender Keith Kinkaid to a contract. He will most certainly be competing for a spot at either AHL Albany or ECHL Trenton.
I was fortunate enough to see Kinkaid play this February in Princeton — along with Darcy Zajac’s brother, Kelly — and I got a bit of a mixed bag that day. Kinkaid’s numbers this season are inarguably good — He posted a 25-10-3 record with a 1.99 GAA — but he gave up four early goals to the Tigers that had Dutchmen head coach Nate Leaman consider pulling Kinkaid. But he really shut down Princeton for the last 30 minutes or so of the game, as Union came all the way back (led by Zajac) to top the Tigers.
I’d obviously focus more on the overall numbers based on one game, but I have seen him play and did want to pass along my thoughts on him…and yes, I did see the story that Kinkaid is penciled in for Albany. Gerald Coleman was penciled in for Lowell in 2009-10, and they brought in Mike McKenna on a tryout deal. So I’ll believe that when I see it.
Here’s the team release:
(PR) Newark, NJ – The New Jersey Devils today signed goaltender Keith Kinkaid to an entry-level contract. The announcement was made by Devils’ President/CEO/General Manager Lou Lamoriello. As per club policy, no further terms were disclosed.
Kinkaid, 21, joins the Devils’ organization after spending the past two seasons at Union College(ECAC). He appeared in 38 games overall this past season, posting a 25-10-3 mark with three shutouts and a 1.99 goals-against average. The 6-3, 180-lb. netminder completed the season ranked first in ECAC conference games in wins (17), shutouts (2-tie), and goals-against average (1.90). Hehelped lead the Dutchmen to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, making 26 saves in a 2-0 loss against eventual NCAA Champion Minnesota-Duluth, as well as their first Cleary Cup, marking a first-place finish in the ECAC. Kinkaid was named a 2010-11 AHCA First Team All-American, as well as First Team All-ECAC. He was also the recipient of the Ken Dryden Award as the league’s top goaltender.
Born July 4, 1989, his collegiate totals show a 37-18-6 mark, with fourshutouts, and 2.18 goals-against average in 63 appearances. In 2009-10, he was named to the ECAC All-Rookie Team, while earning Third Team All-ECAC honors. Prior to his collegiate career, Kinkaid spent the 2008-09 season with St. Louis (NAHL). That year, he helped lead the Bandits to the Robertson Cup Championship, while being named most valuable player of the playoffs. During his lone NAHL campaign, Kinkaid was also named the league’s MVP, goaltender of the year, and First Team All-Star. In 2007-08, he played in 15 games with Des Moines (USHL). The native of Farmingville, NY also played for the New York Bobcats of the Atlantic Junior Hockey League. In September, Kinkaid will attend his first NHL training camp.