The Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday signed defenseman Roland McKeown to a three-year, entry-level contract.
The Canes obtained McKeown, 19, in the Feb. 25 trade with the Los Angeles Kings that sent defenseman Andrej Sekera to Kings. The King selected McKeown in the second round, 50th overall, in the 2014 NHL Draft.
On the NHL level, the deal will pay McKeown $625,000 in 2015-16, $675,000 in 2016-17 and $750,000 in 2017-18. His American Hockey League salary will be $70,000 per year, and he receives a signing bonus of $277,500.
“We like what we’ve seen from Roland on the ice, and the leadership qualities he displays as Kingston’s captain,” general manager Ron Francis said in announcing the signing. “He was an important part of the trade we made with Los Angeles in February, and we are excited to see him continue to develop.”
McKeown recently completed his third regular season with the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League, serving as Kingston’s captain and ranking second among Kingston defensemen with 32 points (7 goals, 25 assists) in 65 games.