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About Last Season: Roland McKeown Performance Review and Grade

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The future is bright for the blueliner, who was part of the Checkers’ shutdown pairing and held his own in the NHL.

Jamie Kellner

Roland McKeown: 2017-18 By the Numbers

  • Age: 22
  • NHL Seasons: 1
  • Games Played: 10
  • Scoring: 0g—3a—3 points
  • Ice Time: 13:25 all situations, 13:24 ES, 0:00 PP, 0:01 PK
  • 5 on 5 Stats: 53.5% CF, 58.3% GF
  • Contract Status: Under contract through 2019; AAV $745,000

Making the Grade

This is a Hurricanes season review, yes, but one can’t really discuss Roland McKeown’s season without talking about his development with the Charlotte Checkers, where he was half of the AHL’s premier shutdown pairing. In 65 games, McKeown finished with a +34 rating, third in the league and 11 points ahead of anyone else on the Checkers’ roster. One of the two players ahead of him? His defense partner, Philip Samuelsson, who posted a league-leading +44.

It was a great season for McKeown, who made his NHL debut on November 4 replacing the concussed Brett Pesce in a game against the Coyotes and fit in nearly seamlessly. McKeown finished with just three points, but looked every bit of a poised NHL performer in his four separate stints this season. Depending on what happens with the rest of the roster between now and October, it’s entirely possible that McKeown could be penciled into a starting role next season, and based on his form in limited minutes this past year he seems to be ready to fill that role successfully.

Under a very team-friendly contract for one more season, McKeown can expect to get a place in Raleigh next season, especially with Klas Dahlbeck apparently bound for Europe. A long run in the AHL playoffs will be the final missing piece from McKeown having done everything possible at the minor league level, and while he may not be the shutdown NHL defenseman that he was with the Checkers, McKeown should be a key contributor to the Hurricanes next season.


Poll

How do you grade Roland McKeown’s 2017-18 season?

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  • 16%
    A - outstanding performance
    (30 votes)
  • 66%
    B - above average performance
    (117 votes)
  • 16%
    C - average performance
    (29 votes)
  • 0%
    D - below average performance
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    F - significantly below average performance
    (1 vote)
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