Roland McKeown

by Kevin LeBlanc on July 17, 2017

Roland McKeown, D

Shoots: R

Height: 6-1

Weight: 185

Born: 1996-01-20

Hometown: Listowel, ON, CAN

Drafted: 2014 by Los Angeles Kings, 50th overall

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

July 2017 - McKeown's first professional season was successful, playing in 71 games for the Checkers after being on the NHL roster for a handful of games to start the 2016-17 season as depth for Carolina's lengthy road trip. The right sided defender's shot generation was solid, finishing third among Checkers defensemen in shots with 125 and a shot-per-game rate of 1.76. McKeown may be higher on the depth chart due to the fact that he is a right handed shot, with only Justin Faulk, Brett Pesce and Trevor van Riemsdyk in front of him after the trade of Ryan Murphy this offseason. Given Carolina's defensive depth he has time to stay in Charlotte to develop, but could be called in as an injury replacement if needed.  Kevin LeBlanc

October 2016 - This summer, McKeown took a huge step forward toward being a viable NHL player sooner rather than later. When Haydn Fleury went down with a freak injury in the Traverse City prospect tournment, McKeown stepped up playing huge minutes in all situations. He has made the Hurricanes roster to start the season, but may not play any games on their six-game roadtrip before being sent to Charlotte where he will likely develop this year.  Kevin LeBlanc

 

December 2015 – McKeown was named to Canada’s 30-man preliminary roster for the 2016 World Junior Championships in Finland. He was one of eleven defensemen selected who will likely battle for seven spots.  Kevin LeBlanc

 

November 2015 – Last season's trade to Carolina from the Los Angeles organization made for rocky season for the young defenseman. However, it appears the Kingston captain is settling back in in 2015-16. The Frontenacs captain is breaking out offensively in a big way this season with 20 points in his first 20 games. With his three previous season having point outputs of 29, 43, and 32, its safe to say he’s on pace for a career year. McKeown has an outside shot of being on Canada’s WJC roster if his play continues at this level.  Kevin LeBlanc

 

February 2015 - The Los Angeles Kings have traded Roland McKeown (along with their 2015 1st round selection) to the Carolina Hurricanes for defenseman Andrej Sekera. Playing on a goal-starved Kingston Frontenacs team (missing top players Sam Bennett and Spencer Watson for significant time), Roland McKeown hasn't had the offensive breakout that many expected but his four goals and 24 points through 54 games isn't terrible either given his team has scored only 149 times (2nd worst in the OHL). He remains a promising puck-moving defenseman who exhibits impressive mobilty but his progression may be longer than initially expected. Look for McKeown to stay at least one more season (likely two) in the OHL before moving onto the pro ranks.  Brendan Ross

 

 

October 2014 – Kingston defenceman Roland McKeown has been named to the OHL’s roster for the upcoming Subway® Super Series and will compete in both games on November 13th and 17th in Peterborough and Kingston, respectively. Brendan Ross

 

June 2014 - The Los Angeles Kings selected defenseman Roland McKeown 50th overall at the 2014 NHL Draft. Brendan Ross

 

January 2014 - Kingston Frontenacs' defenseman Roland McKeown was named as an Alternate Captain of Team Cherry for the 2014 CHL/NHL Top Prospects game scheduled for January 15th. Brendan Ross

 

August 2013 –Roland McKeown enters the 2014 NHL Entry Draft as a top OHL defenseman and he owns the accolades to back it up.  With an U18 WJC Gold, Ivan Hlinka Gold and a member of the OHL First All-Rookie Team after scoring seven goals and 29 points for Kingston, Roland McKeown should be on every team’s must-get list. Blessed with outstanding skating skills that feature four-way mobility and top-end acceleration and speed, McKeown is a true puck-rushing defenseman. He executes crisp outlet passes but prefers to lead the rush with the puck on his stick. Defensively, McKeown is a smart defender who employs strong positioning and good instincts. On an up-and-coming Kingston Frontenacs team, Roland McKeown is the key piece of its defensive core and will be highly sought after in the 2014 NHL Draft. Brendan Ross

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: B-

Puck rushing defenseman who has top pairing potential as he can contribute offensive while providing shutdown value as well. Projects as a future leader.

 

 

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