Jacob Ingham + Reign trio assigned to ECHL-Greenville; preseason schedule starts tonight

The LA Kings announced today that goaltender Jacob Ingham has been re-assigned to the ECHL’s Greenville Swamp Rabbits, from Eisbaren Berlin of the DEL. Additionally, three Ontario Reign contracted players – defenseman Jack Sadek, as well as forwards Nick and Jack Poehling – were also assigned to Greenville. The ECHL club begins its preseason schedule tonight against the South Carolina Stingrays at 4 PM Pacific.

Ingham, 20, has spent the past few months in Germany appearing in exhibition contests with Eisbaren Berlin of the DEL. The German top division has postponed its regular season due to COVID-19, which allowed Ingham and four other Kings prospects to skate with the team with the North American professional season also postponed.

A sixth-round selection in the 2018 NHL Draft, Ingham signed his entry-level contract with Los Angeles in April, after the conclusion of his OHL career. The Barrie, ONT native played the 2019-20 season with the Kitchener Rangers, where he finished with a league-best 33 wins and ranked in the top five among starting goaltenders in both save percentage (third, .917) and goals-against-average (fifth, 2.96). For his efforts, Ingham was tabbed as the Rangers’ 2019-20 nominee for the OHL’s Red Tilson Trophy, which recognizes the league’s Most Outstanding Player.

For his efforts off the ice, Ingham was named as the OHL’s Humanitarian of the Year for his Jake’s Saves initiative. More on that here.

Sadek and the Poehling brothers were signed to two-way AHL contracts with the Reign in October.

Sadek, 23, spent the 2019-20 season on an AHL contract with the Iowa Wild after he was selected by the Minnesota Wild in the seventh round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. The Lakeville, MN native played 61 games with the ECHL’s Allen Americans, and compiled 32 points (6-26=32), along with a +25 rating. Sadek’s 26 assists were tied for second-most in the ECHL amongst first-year blueliners, while his 32 points ranked third.

Nick and Jack Poehling are twin brothers, born on August 29, 1996, who are natives of Lakeville, MN. Both players won regular-season NCHC championships in 2018 and 2019 and played in the NCAA Tournament in each season. With St. Cloud State, the brothers were teammates with LA Kings forward Blake Lizotte, as well as Kings prospects Mikey Eyssimont and David Hrenak.

The Ontario Reign announced this afternoon that they have signed defenseman Jack Sadek, as well as forwards Nick and Jack Poehling, to two-way, AHL contracts for the 2020-21 season.

The trio become the fifth, sixth and seventh players signed by the Reign this offseason, joining Nick Halloran, Brett Sutter, Blaine Byron and Jacob Doty.

Sadek, 23, spent the 2019-20 season on an AHL contract with the Iowa Wild after he was selected by the Minnesota Wild in the seventh round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. The Lakeville, MN native played 61 games with the ECHL’s Allen Americans, and compiled 32 points (6-26=32), along with a +25 rating. Sadek’s 26 assists were tied for second-most in the ECHL amongst first-year blueliners, while his 32 points ranked third.

Nick led all St. Cloud State players with 18 assists during the 2019-20 season, and was second on the team in points with 26 (8-18=26). Across four seasons with the Huskies, Poehling amassed 66 points (25-41=66) across 133 games played.

Jack posted a collegiate career-high 20 points (9-11=20) during his senior season in 2019-20, and was named was named the team’s Sam LoPresti Award winner, for most determined player. Poehling collected 61 points (28-33=61) from 144 career games played at St. Cloud State.

The ECHL season is currently split into two segments, with 13 teams beginning play in December, as a part of a 72-game schedule, and additional teams joining in mid-January for an abbreviated schedule. The Swamp Rabbits begin their 2020-21 ECHL regular-season schedule this coming weekend, with a pair of away contests on Friday (@ South Carolina) and Saturday (@ Jacksonville).

Those interested in following along can watch all ECHL games via Flo Hockey, while the radio broadcast for Greenville is streamed via Mixlr.

Buckle up, Insiders. You’re now rooting for a team with a carrot hockey stick as it’s logo.

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