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Jeff Blashill On Joe Veleno

09/19/2018 at 9:08am EDT

from Max Bultman of The Athletic,

It’s too bad that Veleno isn’t AHL eligible, because he’s really impressed throughout camp, aside from his brief absence due to injury. It sounds like he’ll play with Rasmussen and Abdelkader Wednesday night, and Tuesday Blashill said Veleno had an “unreal camp.”

Perhaps the more interesting Blashill quote on Veleno came after the Red & White game: “My question has been, what’s the elite skill that’s going to be transferable? And then today for me, watching him on his edges, he’s got elite edges. He controls the puck because he controls space with his edges. Excellent. He can make lots of plays in tight. So, I think Veleno’s showed very well. I’m hoping to get him a couple exhibition games.”

That Veleno has good edges won’t be news to those who have seen him skate much, but he’s clearly made an impression on the head man. He’s already one of the more well-regarded prospects in the organization, but that arrow could point even further upward if he continues his recent play over the next two weeks.

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