Joe Veleno

by Peter Harling on November 25, 2017

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Joe Veleno, C

Shoots: L

Height: 6-1

Weight: 194

Born: 2000-01-13

Hometown:  Montreal, QC CAN

Drafted: 2018 NHL Draft eligible

 

 

 

 

 

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

Fantasy Outlook: A

Potential first line playmaking center

 

Footage:

Draft Analyst: Joe Veleno U-18 Hlinka Highlights

Joe Veleno 2015-16 Highlights

 

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