Kings Trade Linden Vey to Vancouver for Pick 50, Take Roland McKeown

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General Manager Dean Lombardi traded Linden Vey to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for the 50th overall pick and then selected defenseman Roland McKeown from the Kingston Frontenacs.

Earlier this year, Vey was the highest rated prospect in the Kings system. If he makes the Canucks roster, Vey will be reunited with his former junior coach from the WHL, Willie Desjardins, who just took over behind the bench in Vancouver.

As for the Kings newest prospect, in our 2014 Kings draft preview we listed McKeown as one of just a few players to watch.

One possible target is Kingston defenseman Roland McKeown. Known as a two-way defenseman, McKeown plays a smart game and is a very smooth skater. Ranked anywhere from the late-middle to end of the first round, McKeown is the type of defenseman that the NHL is trending towards – those that can do it all and add versatility to a team’s back end. As an 18-year-old this season, McKeown put up 43 points in 62 regular season games to go with an impressive +38 rating.

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  1. Ziggy Deadmarsh says:

    Being talked up on Mayors Manor results in you being shipped out of the LA organization.
    First the “untouchable” and then the top prospect. Kempe and McKeown are nice prospects, not sure
    about Lintuniemi but good test for Futa and Byrne in their new roles.

    • John Hoven says:

      Funny, but not exactly true. We had Toffoli and Muzzin as top prospects a few years ago – before they became NHL players.

      • Ziggy Deadmarsh says:

        Just messin’
        The trades probably confirmed Fasching and Vey’s values. Vey would have to clear waivers next season so it looks like a reverse of the McNabb trade. Hopefully, one of the late rounders will turn out.

  2. hopesfail says:

    Any truth to the rumblings that Vey sulked around in Manch after being sent down and it left a bad taste in managements mouth? Not deciding factor in moving him but didn’t help that there wasn’t room for him.

    • He requested an NHL job. no room in LA and they found a spot for him and in turn got the guy they wanted at #50.