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Born in West St. Paul, Manitoba, forward Adam Ingram decided to go through the NCAA Hockey route instead of playing in the WHL. He is committed to attending St. Cloud State University and playing for the Huskies next season. With his strong college hockey commitments, he was passed over in the WHL Draft. He was drafted in the 11th round, 153rd overall by the Youngstown Phantoms in the 2021 USHL Entry Draft. Ingram scored 26 goals and 29 assists for 55 points in 54 USHL regular-season games this season. He also added one goal in two playoff games. Ingram was named to the USHL All-Rookie Team. He also recently participated in the NHL Draft Combine.
Like many young players, Ingram’s 2020-21 season was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic. He played eight games for the Selkirk Steelers in the MJHL. Ingram scored two goals and five assists for seven points. Ingram played his minor hockey in Winnipeg. He came up through the Winnipeg Thrashers and Winnipeg Hawks systems. In 2018-19 Ingram dominated the WAAA league, leading in goals (32), assists (32), and points (64) in 35 games as well as being named the league’s Forward of the Year.
Adam Ingram Scouting Report
Centre/Left Wing — shoots Left
Born October 14th, 2003 — West St. Paul, Manitoba
Height 6’2.25″ — Weight 165 lbs [188 cm/75 kg]
Ingram’s skating is a work in progress but has improved over the course of the season. Early in the year, his stride was very short and choppy. He improved his technique, lengthening his stride as the season went on. This led to better speed and acceleration. Ingram is now well above average in these areas. As a result, he can threaten the defence off the rush. He can beat a defender wide and cut to the net. Ingram is also able to get behind the defence for a breakaway. There are still areas that need improvement though. Ingram needs to work on his turns. He needs to show stronger edgework and agility. This would take his game to the next level.
Ingram is also a bit slight right now. This means that he can be knocked off the puck and can struggle in the corners and in front of the net. He is willing to play in the dirty areas. At 6-foot-2 Ingram has the size necessary to compete in these areas. However, he needs to get stronger and add muscle to his frame. This would improve his balance and strength.
Ingram has the skills necessary to be effective in the offensive zone. He has a very good snapshot and an excellent wrist shot. Ingram gets real power on his shot, even with a short wind-up. He is also very accurate. Ingram has a good release. It is quick and his soft hands allow him to change the angle on his shot before letting it go. Ingram is effective at getting open in the offensive zone. He finds the soft spots in the defence and positions himself to take a pass from a teammate and get his shot off. He can also score in tight to the net. Ingram is effective deking goalies in tight. He has a good variety of moves and can elevate the puck in close.
Ingram also uses his soft hands to control the puck and make plays. He marries the hands with his speed to create plays off the rush. He is also able to use his size and long reach to protect the puck in the cycle game. Ingram loves to work the give-and-go with a teammate, moving the puck quickly and then getting open for the return pass. His vision and anticipation are also good. He reads the play well and can make a quick pass through a tight passing lane when a teammate gets open. Ingram needs to bulk up though as he could be stronger on the boards and in front of the net.
Ingram brings good work ethic at both ends of the ice. He is a smart player who reads the play and puts himself in position to create turnovers and start the transition game. Ingram uses his long stick to cut down passing lanes. He is also good at poke-checking the puck away from opponents. Ingram’s strong positional play also helps him to be effective in killing penalties. However, the lack of strength is also an issue in his own end. While he supports the defence down low, he can be overpowered by bigger and stronger opponents.
Projection and Comparison
Ingram has a number of skills but his game is very raw. He needs to continue to work on his skating. The fact that he made such big improvements over the course of the season suggests that he will be able to continue those improvements. However, he also needs to add muscle to his frame. There are some questions if he can continue to improve his speed as he adds weight. By heading the NCAA route, Ingram has the opportunity to work on these aspects of his game though. He is likely to spend two or three years in college before being NHL ready. Still, the upside to become a middle-six forward and the versatility to play at centre or on the wing is intriguing. His game is reminiscent of Travis Konecny. This is a stylistic comparison only though, and is not based on his skill and ability.
The following is a compilation of some of the highlight packages and features of Adam Ingram that are available on youtube and Twitter.
Points in 14 STRAIGHT GAMES for Adam Ingram, tying Brett Murray's team record! pic.twitter.com/1Onv07Sz6v
— Youngstown Phantoms (@YtownPhantoms) December 5, 2021
— #theMJ (@mjhlhockey) November 13, 2021
Adam Ingram's goal extended his scoring streak to 9 games 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/FMxWdSbrTi
— Youngstown Phantoms (@YtownPhantoms) November 14, 2021
Tomorrow on @CanucksConvo…
Top 40 draft prospect (LW) Adam Ingram joins the show.
One of the top wrist shots in the 2022 draft.
Something about that swinging left leg on the follow through reminds me of Markus Naslund’s shot.
Excited to chat with Adam on tomorrow’s podcast. pic.twitter.com/kAMNqGM9LK
— 𝗖𝗵𝗿𝗶𝘀 Faber 🔥🎙 (@ChrisFaber39) May 24, 2022
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Adam Ingram Scouting Report Main Photo:
— Bell MTS Iceplex (@bellmtsiceplex) June 8, 2022