Joe Veleno

Detroit Red Wings
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Fantasy Summary

Playmaking center with top-six upside. Good two-way player which improves his odds of reaching the NHL and playing at center there.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 7.5
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

Observations

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


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Lakeshore Panthers QC Int PW 4 0 1 1 0 |          
 2013-2014 Lac St-Louis Lions Bantam AAA QBAAA 27 18 18 36 22 | Playoffs 3 1 1 2
 2014-2015 Lac St-Louis Lions QMAAA 41 16 36 52 57 | Playoffs 12 2 2 4 12 
  Team Québec CWG 6 4 6 10 6 |          
  Team Québec Blue QGC-16 5 2 3 5 6 |          
 2015-2016 Team Black U17-Dev 3 0 0 0 4 |          
  Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 62 13 30 43 21 | Playoffs 17 6 1 7
  Canada Black U17 WHC-17 5 1 3 4 6 |          
 2016-2017 Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 45 13 27 40 18 | Playoffs 18 8 3 11
  Saint John Sea Dogs M-Cup 4 3 1 4 2 |          
  Canada U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 4 0 4 4 2 |          
 2017-2018 Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL 31 6 25 31 26 |          
  Canada U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 5 2 5 7 8 |          
  Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 33 16 32 48 22 | Playoffs 10 5 6 11 10 
  Canada U18 WJC-18 4 0 3 3 0 |          
 2018-2019 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 18 11 12 23 9 |          

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