Keith Kinkaid
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Keith Kinkaid

Hometown:

Farmingville New York

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1989-07-04

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2007

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

Free agent signing, 2011

Weight:

180 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2011-12: Keith Kinkaid appeared in 42 games for New Jersey AHL affiliate Albany in his first pro season; splitting time with veteran Jeff Frazee. He was 17-23 with three losses coming in overtime and had 3 shutouts with a 2.94 goals against and .904 save percentage. Albany missed the AHL playoffs for the second straight year after finishing last in the Northeast Division.

2012-13: Kinkaid made his first NHL appearance, stopping 13 of 14 shots in 26 minutes of action in relief of Johan Hedberg in a loss to Tampa Bay in March. Kinkaid took over as the starting goalie for the Devils' AHL affiliate in Albany in his second pro season. He finished the year 21-17-6 in 45 games and had two shutouts; finishing the year with a 2.72 goals against and .905 save percentage. Albany missed the AHL playoffs after finishing fourth in the Northeast Division. Kinkaid was re-signed to a one-year contract as a restricted free agent in July, 2013.

 

Talent Analysis

Kinkaid is a poised goaltender with good size and great economy of movement. He also possesses great agility, reflexes and his lateral movement is also quite good. One of his best attributes is his puck-handling ability. He moves and plays the puck exceedingly well. Kinkaid's use of his tall, lanky frame in covering the net is excellent. He does a very good job of staying square to shooters and is not afraid to challenge them either. He has good rebound control which helps him limit the number of second and third chances.

 

Future

With Scott Wedgewood likely to move up to the AHL, Kinkaid will battle for AHL starting time, and possibly, the future backup to Cory Schneider.

 

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