Roland McKeown on being drafted by Los Angeles

NHL Draft 2014


What’s the feeling like to be drafted?

It’s just an amazing feeling, today going into the day I did not know what to expect and even yesterday. To be picked by the Kings, such a special organization, Stanley Cup Champions in the last couple years. It’s an amazing feeling.

Some people expected you to go in the First Round, does getting drafted by LA lessen the blow

It’s great, anytime you want to go, you want to go to a great organization. It’s such a great team in LA. Definitely the first round was put upon me, but to go the organization that you want to go to, makes it that much better. Very honored to be selected where I was, and very proud.

Did you have a lot of talks with the Kings?

I had a couple with the Kings and definitely had meetings with them. Definitely saw a fit there, and it’s great to hear your name called.


Compare your style to a current NHL Player.

John Moore of the New York Rangers, he’s a player I play like an up and coming defenseman, good skating, good passing ability. Little things like that, that make a difference in the game is the way I kind of peg myself.

Assess your weaknesses and your strengths?

My skating is where my game is based around, the pivoting and the agility. Passing ability is something I need to work on now that I’m in the West there. Defnitely a lot of strength, the guys are big in that conference. To be able to have that stick ability and battling in the corners, that’s a big thing.

What’s it going to be like to play with Drew Doughty?

I’ve grown up admiring Drew, when I heard my name called that was the first guy I thought of. Wow, they’re Stanley Cup Champions and Drew Doughty’s on their team, what better way could it go. To be a part of this organization, and all those great players makes it very special.

More MayorsManor draft coverage LIVE from Philadelphia can be found here.

Recent Articles

REPLAY: Hoven on NHL Radio – Talking Vilardi, Brown, and Possible Trades To Make

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on NHL Radio, where he joined hosts Scott Laughlin and Steve Kouleas to look at next season’s LA Kings line combinations, Tanner Pearson’s future, rookie Gabe Vilardi, forward Iyla Kovalchuk, Dustin Brown;s resurgence, a possible trade for Max Pacioretty, the Pacific Division favorite, and much more.
NOTE: […]

PHOTO GALLERY: LA Kings 2018 Draft Picks at Dev Camp

As the annual tradition goes, dozens of the Kings top prospects descended upon SoCal last week for an up close look at the team’s training facility, as well some hands on tutoring and evaluation with their extended coaching staff. It’s all part of Development Camp, which sets the tone for summer workouts and early expectations […]

REPLAY: Hoven on TSN Radio – Talking NHL Free Agency, Kings, VGK, and More

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on TSN Radio, where he joined host Kevin Olszewski to take a look at NHL Free Agency, the Kings signing forward Iyla Kovalchuk, what Drew Doughty’s new contract means, other moves LA GM Rob Blake might look to make, what happens next with the Vegas Golden Knights, […]

Major News Items

LA Kings 2018 Mid-Season Top 10 Prospect Rankings: The Top Two

It all comes down to this. After an extensive journey through the LA Kings current prospect pool, we've finally arrived at the top two players in the rankings - including this year's highly coveted No. 1 spot. … [Read More...]

More Prospect News