By John Vogl
Junior team: Kingston (OHL)
Born: Windsor, Ont.
Measurables: 6-foot-1, 195 pounds
2013-14 stats: 62 games, 11 goals, 32 assists, 43 points
Central Scouting rank: No. 27 (North America)
Lowdown: Scouts traveled to Kingston to see Samuel Bennett, a possible No. 1 overall pick, and they couldn’t help but notice McKeown. The offense-minded defenseman is the sixth-best blue-line prospect, according to Central Scouting.
McKeown’s skating sets him apart from other defenders. His acceleration allows him to pull away from players in his own zone and start rush chances. His speed enables him to catch up to players and break up chances in the defensive end. His shot is hard and accurate. He can pass well but prefers to carry the puck.
While he has improved defensively, McKeown has a tendency to pinch often. It can result in the opposition taking advantage and going the other way on an odd-man rush. He’s not a physical blue-liner.
He said it: “I believe my game translates well at the next level. I think my skating, agility, IQ and strength to battle in the corners are all key components to making a successful pro, and I feel being able to do those things will get me to the next level." – McKeown, to NHL.com.
The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NHL draft, which begins June 27.
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