Roland McKeown Scouting Report: 2014 NHL Draft Prospect Profile – Kingston Frontenacs

Photo credit: Aaron Bell | OHL images

Photo credit: Aaron Bell | OHL images

By Todd Cordell (@ToddCordell)

Roland McKeown
Age – 18
Position – Defense
Height – 6′1″
Weight – 195
Draft Projection: 20-30th overall
OHL Team: Kingston Frontenacs
2013-14 Regular Season Stats: 11 goals, 32 assists, 43 points, +38, 61PIMs, 62 games played
2013-14 Playoff Stats: 1 goals, 3 assists, 4 points, 7 games played
NHL Comparable(s) – Poor man’s Alex Pietrangelo
Upside – 7.5/10

Strengths – McKeown is a smooth skating defenseman who’s not afraid to jump into the play to create offense. His acceleration is pretty good, and he’s fluid skating backwards as well. McKeown makes a good first pass, and can skate the puck out of trouble when he needs to. He’s confident with the puck, and is good at eluding oncoming players and safely carrying the puck into the offensive zone with possession. McKeown is a good cross-ice passer, and is quite capable of quarterbacking a power play. For the most part he gets his shots through, and there is usually good power behind it. His positioning in the defensive zone is pretty good, and his active stick makes it tough on opposing players to get around him or get their passes/shots through. He’s also strong along the boards, and did a good job of regularly knocking opposing players off the puck showing good strength. McKeown is a guy who played big minutes and was utilized in all aspects of the game.

Weaknesses – McKeown’s needs to improve his decision making with the puck. At times he forces passes that aren’t there in the offensive zone, and he makes some pretty risky plays putting the puck in bad spots or trying to complete low-percentage passes. He’s not a huge defenseman, but he’s not as physical as he could be given his solid frame.

Career Projection – McKeown projects to be a second pairing defenseman who can move the puck, put up some points and run a power play unit.

2014 Draft Eligible Prospect Profiles:

Centers

Sam Bennett – Kingston Frontenacs

Jared McCann – Soo Greyhounds

Robby Fabbri – Guelph Storm

Michael Amadio – North Bay Battalion

Wingers

Michael Dal Colle – Oshawa Generals

Nick Ritchie – Peterborough Petes

Nikolay Goldobin – Sarnia Sting 

Brendan Perlini – Niagara IceDogs

Josh Ho-Sang – Windsor Spitfires 

Spencer Watson – Kingston Frontenacs

Eric Cornel – Peterborough Petes 

Nicolas Aube-Kubel – Val d’Or Foreurs

Brett Pollock – Edmonton Oil Kings

Mads Eller – Edmonton Oil Kings

Defensemen

Aaron Ekblad – Barrie Colts

Anthony DeAngelo – Sarnia Sting

Dysin Mayo – Edmonton Oil Kings

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