PHILADELPHIA - Before going ahead with their scheduled pick at No. 60, the Los Angeles Kings received the 50th-overall selection from the Vancouver Canucks. In exchange, the Kings had to part ways with promising prospect Linden Vey. Dealing away a player of Vey's caliber must mean that GM Dean Lombardi and his scouting staff were eyeing someone really special - and they were. With the 50th pick, the Kings selected defenseman Roland McKeown from the OHL's Kingston Frontenacs.
According to @IssHockey, McKeown is the "Total package on the blueline; IQ on both sides of puck." In October of this past season, McKeown even racked up a +16 in 11 games.
In 61 games for the Frontenacs in 2012-13, McKeown had seven goals and 22 assists in 61 games but finished with a -24 rating. This past season, while his offensive numbers were better (11 goals, 32 assists in 62 games), McKeown turned into a solid on-ice asset, earning a +38 rating.
At 6' 1, 186 pounds, the native of Listowel, Ontario, may not be the biggest player on the ice but he possesses great offensive ability from the back end and is an exceptional skater as well.
He may be closer to being NHL-ready than some prospects but at 18, no one is in any hurry to see McKeown jump to the big club immediately.
Overall, a fine choice by the Los Angeles Kings.