LA Kings Select Ben Meehan No. 140 – What You Need to Know


LA Kings moved up from No. 159 to snag Ben Meehan at No. 140 at the 2020 NHL Draft.

For now, this is what you need to know…

Early Notes

Vitals

Height: 6’0
Weight: 190 lbs.
Shoots: Left

Team: Cedar Rapid Roughriders
League: USHL
Position: Defense

Statistics

Regular Season
2019-20 Season: 25 GP, 8 G, 10 A, 18 Pts

Tournaments
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Awards for 2019-20 Season
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Scouting Reports:

From The Draft Analyst

A physical two-way defender with an aggressive mindset in all three zones, Meehan is a 2001-born native Baystater committed to UMass-Lowell. He is incredibly active in the offensive zone, where he activates like mad to keep plays alive. Meehan spends a chunk of time near or below the circles, and he uses fluid backskating to retreat back to his point position. Most of his reads are smart and timely but he also has the confidence to corral the puck and walk it away from pressure.

From Hockey Prospect

He maintains good stick positioning and proper gaps. Early on, he seemed like much more of an offensive defenseman but rounded into a more all-around player. He didn’t chase the game around so much and it gave us more confidence in his hockey sense. Meehan displays some good skills from his own zone. There’s enough to his stickhandling skills and lateral movement that make him a really good option on breakouts and even carrying the puck across a line, maybe a line and a half. There’s a dual threat there for the first forechecker to ponder and Ben can freeze
him just long enough for his skating to take over and achieve a clean exit. He has some good wheels on him, he’s strong multi-directionally with a sound stride. In his own zone, he displays some pretty advanced box-out principles and can wall-off potential screeners from his goalie’s vision.

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