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A Confident Joe Veleno

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

“I got some play some pretty good minutes and was trusted in all areas of the ice,” Veleno said. “It definitely boosted my confidence. Now I’ve got a little bit of a taste of it, how those NHL games are, and what to bring to the table. It was just good to have that experience.”

Veleno, 21, was assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins when the Wings’ season ended May 8; the Griffins are scheduled to wrap up Saturday, after which Veleno plans to return to the Montreal area for the offseason. That’s where he spent much of 2020, after COVID-19 shuttered sports in mid-March. The extra time Veleno (6 feet 2, 220 pounds) was able to spend working out and training paid off when he was loaned to the Swedish Hockey League in October. Veleno tallied 11 goals and nine assists in 46 games for Malmö, averaging around 16 minutes per game....

“He is bigger, he’s stronger,” Griffins coach Ben Simon said. “He’s playing with confidence. His experience in Europe, it’s helped him mature not only as a hockey player but as a person. He’s got a little bit more of a presence about him. That confidence is translating and correlating on the ice.

“He’s a high-end player who can make plays and he’s got the confidence to make plays. But his play away from the puck — he’s a pretty smart hockey player. He puts himself in good spots. He competes hard. He has a tremendous future ahead of him.”

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I ppsted this in the wrong place earlier today, now it is in its proper place.

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RWBill's avatar

Great for Joe.  Most of these young guys are going to have to become impact players quickly or the rebuild will not make headway.

Posted by RWBill on 05/14/21 at 10:17 AM ET


Yes, Rasmussen and Veleno beginning to pan out is big.
They don’t have to be superstars if they can be two-way middle
six stalwarts with some versatility and physicality - the kind of guys who
help you win in a playoff series.

I’m still rooting for Svechnikov but the projected two more years of
Blashill can’t be good news for him. Fair or not, some guys - and I’m not saying any of these guys are exactly apples to apples - just seemingly have a higher bar with coaches; can’t do much right; get fewer chances to succeed.

Posted by lefty.30 on 05/14/21 at 02:11 PM ET

WingedRider's avatar

Svech and even Ras have not had extended good runs but hope the keep moving up.

Veleno has developed a lot especially in Europe.  Maybe RAS got something out of Austria, I would assume had a good reason as usual.

There are some good prospects a couple of years away.

They were a Fun group to watch near the end of the year aside from old agers

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 05/15/21 at 03:20 AM ET

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