Keith Kinkaid

by Kevin Wickersham on April 22, 2017
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Keith Kinkaid, G

Catches: L

Height: 6-3

Weight: 190

Born: 1989-07-04

Hometown: Farmingville, NY, USA

Drafted: Undrafted

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

April 2017 – With the culmination of the regular schedule, the Devils' primary backup goaltender for the past three years hits the unrestricted free agent market. With his one-year, $725,000 deal complete, and coming off an 8-13-3 campaign with a 2.64 goals-against average and .916 save percentage, he's not likely to command a great bidding war, but has a good chance of being resigned by New Jersey to continue his role, particularly if Vegas selects likely unprotected, oft-injured Scott Wedgewood in the approaching expansion draft. Kevin Wickersham

November 2016 – Now firmly established as an NHL backup goalie, Kinkaid has begun the 2016-17 campaign with a series of strong performances in his five games in goal (2-1-0-2, 2.35 GAA, .933 SV%), following up his 23 game, 9-9-0-1, 2.81 GAA, .904 SV% totals for New Jersey in 2015-16. His game continues to mature with experience, as shown by growing command in the crease and quickened reaction time to shots and deflections. As Cory Schneider shows no signs of giving up his workhorse status as the Devils’ #1 goalie it will be interesting to see how the Devils will prepare for the upcoming expansion draft as Kincaid, along with many other second-line netminders, are potential selections for Las Vegas next June. – Kevin Wickersham

 

January 2016 – Keith Kinkaid has proved to be a pretty solid NHL back-up. In his rookie season Kinkaid went 6-5-4 with a .915% save percentage and a goals against average of 2.59. This season has been a bit of a struggle for Kinkaid posting a losing record of 3-5. Along with a losing record Kinkaid also has had a decrease in his save percentage and an increase of his goals against average with .903% and 2.61.  Hopefully Kinkaid can turn the corner and become the steady back up he was in his first NHL season. Justin Nobre

 

October 2014 – Keith Kinkaid lost the New Jersey Devils’ backup job to veteran Scott Clemmenson.  Kinkaid is young and he will only benefit from receiving game action so sending him to Albany makes sense. Not so much lost, but a victim of circumstance as Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello was quick to point out in an interview with Devils’ beat writer Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record. "Kinkaid is young and he has to play. He has to get work. It does him no good to sit on the bench and Clemmensen is used to that. He can handle that better."  Kinkaid has an opportunity to repeat his success from last season with Albany, although it would take an injury to Cory Schneider for him to have any fantasy relevance for the foreseeable future.  Michael Riggi

 

July 2014 – Keith Kinkaid enjoyed a major breakout season for the Albany Devils in 2013-14.  He backstopped the club to the playoffs while setting a franchise record with a goals against average of 2.29.  Tied for second in the league with 24 wins he undoubtedly opened eyes in the New Jersey Devils organization as a possible backup for Cory Schneider, if the team decides to move on from Martin Brodeur.  While Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello has a history of signing veteran backups, Kinkaid's performance in both the regular season as well as the playoffs will have him thinking twice.  Michael Riggi

 

March 2013 – A big goaltender with great athleticism, Kinkaid is developing well in the AHL, posting a record of 17-12-5 in 34 games for Albany this season. Kinkaid has adjusted well making the transition from the college level to pro. Kinkaid has starter potential, but faces the long road to get there. He needs to put in his time in the AHL for at least another year before he can be considered for NHL duty. Andrew Schopp

 

Fantasy Outlook: C+

Kinkaid has proven himself as a quality NHL backup and still leaves some intrigue as to his potential as a starter.

 

Footage:

Keith Kinkaid stones Lightening center Steve Stamkos on a breakaway, one of two saves in his NHL debut, playing relief for Jonas Hedberg.