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Joe Veleno Focused On The Next Step

11/16/2018 at 4:30pm EST

from Joe Veleno at DetroitRedWings.com,

Obviously, my goal is to play on the Red Wings as soon as possible. Next year I'm going to make that my main goal, to play there next year. I guess it helps a little bit that now the draft year has gone by, all you have to focus on is that next step. You're that close so that's what I'm going to focus on. This year obviously I have to have a big season in Drummondville. I want our team to have success and to go all the way this year and win it all. Once the season is done, during the summer I'm going to work hard and train to be ready for next training camp next year.

I feel pretty confident about competing for a spot on the Red Wings next year because of my experiences at development camp, the prospects tournament, main training camp and my relationship with Shawn Horcoff.

Development camp was great. It was my first look at everything and it was another step in the right direction. I think it was a great first week, playing against guys who were pretty much NHL-ready like (Michael) Rasmussen, playing on the big club now. It was nice getting to play with them, knowing them. I think the organization was great. They set up a good schedule for us, learned a lot while I was there and left that camp with a bigger and better expectation and got ready for main camp afterwards.

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