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Fantasy Summary

Two-way center with top six potential. More of a passer than a shooter and can be a power play contributor.


Observations

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September 2020 – Veleno will look to build off a solid first professional season where he scored 11 goals and 12 assists in 54 games with Grand Rapids. He will likely remain in the AHL to begin next season but could push for NHL minutes if he’s able to be a more consistent offensive threat. Veleno is a well-rounded center with good puck skills and hockey sense. He has the vision to facilitate for his teammates through the middle of the ice but needs to show it more often. If he can do that, he projects as a two-way second-line center at the NHL level. Nick Richard

May 2020 – Off the back of a great World Junior Championship and a solid season in Grand Rapids, Veleno may be in a position to push for a role with Detroit next season. There is no doubting his smarts and skills, but Veleno’s role will be reflected by his skating, and whether or not it catches up to his hands and brain. I believe Veleno has a good opportunity next season to get at least a nine-game trial and prove that he can be a worthy drop of oil to the Detroit machine. Ashley Glover

July 2019 – Veleno absolutely owned the QMJHL this past season, scoring 42 goals and adding 62 assists for a total of 104 points in only 59 games and another 17 points in 16 playoff games. Veleno has developed into an excellent two-way center who plays a smart and fast game. He can hurt you equally with his shot or as the set-up man. As he’s got nothing left to prove in junior hockey, Veleno will compete for a roster spot with the Red Wings in the fall. It’s likely however, with the signing of Valtteri Filpulla, that Detroit’s future number two center plays some games in the AHL before transitioning full time to the NHL. Mark Hillier

December 2018 – As the first exceptional-player from Quebec, Veleno figures he should have gone higher than 30th overall in the 2018 NHL draft, and he may not be wrong. Veleno continues to dominate the QMJHL, leading his team and the league in many categories. An excellent skater and playmaker, Veleno already plays a complete and consistent game. He has exceptional hockey sense, vision and a professional attitude. Veleno projects as a top-six two-way center. He was recently invited to Hockey Canada’s selection camp roster for the 2019 World Junior Hockey Championship. Mark Hillier

November 2017 – Veleno is the first player in QMJHL history to receive the exceptional status exemption and enter the league as a 15-year-old. Drafted first overall by Saint John in 2015 and in his rookie season delivered with 43 points in 62 games. Last year he was well insulated on a veteran and star laden team that won a QMJHL Championship. Injury limited Veleno to just 45 games in the regular season but his point production improved with 40 points in that time. Veleno was outstanding in the Memorial Cup posting three goals and four points in four games in a tournament typically dominated by 19, and 20-year-old super stars. In his draft year the Sea Dogs lost a lot of star power to graduation and Veleno has inherited the Captaincy. Despite the depleted roster he has produced 24 points in the first 25 games with just four goals.

Veleno’s strongest asset could be his skating. He has breakaway speed and acceleration, excellent agility and edge work and is strong on his skates. More of a playmaker than sniper Veleno does a great job of distributing the puck using his vision, hockey sense and puck skills to set up teammates. Veleno has a good shot but needs to more selfish and take more shots. Veleno has good size and strength and while not a very aggressive player, he isn’t shy to fight for loose pucks and can win puck battles along the boards with his high compete level. –  Peter Harling

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 8.5
Country CAN
Position C
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth January 13, 2000
Height 6‘1”
Weight 194 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 1; Overall: 30

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Lakeshore Panthers QC Int PW4 0 11 0|        
 2012-2013 Lakeshore Panthers QC Int PW3 2 02 2|        
 2013-2014 Lac St-Louis Lions U15 AAAQBAAA27 18 1836 22|Playoffs3 1 12
 2014-2015 Lac St-Louis LionsQMAAA41 16 3652 57|Playoffs12 2 24 12 
  Team Québec CWG6 4 610 6|        
  Team Québec Blue QGC-165 2 35 6|        
 2015-2016 Team Black U17-Dev3 0 00 4|        
  Saint John Sea DogsQMJHL62 13 3043 21|Playoffs17 6 17
  Canada Black U17WHC-175 1 34 6|        
 2016-2017 Saint John Sea DogsQMJHL45 13 2740 18|Playoffs18 8 311
  Saint John Sea DogsM-Cup4 3 14 2|        
  Canada U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup4 0 44 2|        
 2017-2018 Saint John Sea DogsQMJHL31 6 2531 26|        
  Canada U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup5 2 57 8|        
  Drummondville VoltigeursQMJHL33 16 3248 22|Playoffs10 5 611 10 
  Canada U18WJC-184 0 33 0|        
  QMJHL All-StarsJr Super Series2 0 11 0|        
 2018-2019 Drummondville VoltigeursQMJHL59 42 62104 19|Playoffs16 8 917 12 
  QMJHL All-StarsJr Super Series2 0 11 2|        
  Canada U20WJC-205 0 22 0|        
 2019-2020 Grand Rapids GriffinsAHL54 11 1223 18|        
  Canada U20WJC-206 1 56 8|        
 2020-2021 Malmö RedhawksSHL12 2 35 8|        

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