2018 NHL Entry Draft Prospect

Joe Veleno


Current Team: Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)

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Vital Statistics

Position: C • Height: 6-1 • Weight: 189 • Shoots: Left
Birthdate: Jan. 13, 2000 • Hometown: Kirkland, Quebec

Additional Information

Current Status: ACTIVE | STATS
Previous: Lac St. Louis Lions (Quebec Bantam/Midget AAA)
QMJHL Draft: 2015 by Saint John (Round 1, No. 1 Overall)
Agent: Petr Svoboda (Sports Associates International)
QMJHL Debut: Sept. 12, 2015 (Saint John vs. Halifax)
First QMJHL Goal: Sept. 12, 2015 (Saint John vs. Halifax)

Helped Sea Dogs Win QMJHL's 2017 Title
Had an Eventful, High-Profile Rookie Year

Quotes from Major Draft Guides

• "Dynamic goal-scorer continued to make contributions in long playoff run." (Hockey News 2017 Draft Preview)

• "He's a dynamic puck-carrier and goal-scorer. He's going to be a top-line player. Moves extremely well and creates space for himself out there." (Anonymous Scout, Hockey News 2017 Future Watch)

• "Veleno hasn’t quite lived up to the hype even though he almost scored a point-per-game this season. Nevertheless, he remains a solid candidate to be picked in the (2018) first round." (Recrutes.ca)

• "Veleno will play a bigger role next season in Saint John, after being a complementary player the past two seasons on a stacked team. I’m a bit worried about his progression; i didn’t see a lot of progression in his game from the 2016-17 Veleno and the 2015-16 Veleno. It will be interesting to see him perform with less talent around him, but the Sea Dogs will be his team." (Jerome Berube, Scout, HockeyProspect.com Black Book)

• "Has good speed, including a good burst of speed and agility that he uses to beat players one-on-one. He’s a good stick-handler and, combined with that speed, he can be a threat one-on-one. He has a solid work-ethic; he never quits on backchecks and will often create some turnovers with a good stick, stealing the puck away from the puck-carrier. ... Overall, his defensive game has always been more advanced compared to other players of his age group." (HockeyProspect.com Black Book)