The following article was posted on www.nj.com on Wednesday, August 29 featuring former Union College standout Keith Kinkaid.
By Chris Ryan
Keith Kinkaid's breakout NHL season came on the heels of an injury to Devils starting goalie Cory Schneider.
Now with Schneider recovering from offseason surgery for another injury, which could delay his start to the 2018-19 season, Kinkaid could be in the same boat.
If Schneider isn't ready for opening day on Oct. 6, it will likely be Kinkaid who fills the pipes for the Devils in Sweden.
Regardless of Schneider's situation, Kinkaid said he hasn't changed his approach to the new season. However, he did say one big factor stuck with him as he entered offseason training.
"Definitely the confidence. Definitely feel really comfortable going into training camp," he said. "I've had a good summer here, spending it in Jersey. I learned a lot about myself last year with the starting role, what you need to do on and off the ice. I just want to take that into this year and build on last year."
The biggest thing Kinkaid learned during the 2017-18 season involved maintaining his body as an NHL starting goalie. He appeared in 41 games -- the most since he played 43 during the 2013-14 season in the AHL. The combination of knowing when to rest, how to prepare for busy parts of the schedule and how to refuel after games made Kinkaid's transition easier.
His workload for the 2018-19 season remains unclear. Kinkaid will, at a minimum, get his fair share of games as a backup. But as the Devils showed last season, they aren't afraid to go to Kinkaid over Schneider if the results dictate the move.
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